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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

The most widely anticipated shareholder letter on Wall Street was released on Saturday.

Warren Buffett discussed many topics including Wall Street’s obsession with quarterly results, Berkshire Hathaway’s $112 billion cash pile and what he wants to do with it, his first stock purchase, the dangers of too much debt, and what he sees as the biggest risks ahead.

The “Oracle of Omaha” also gave a touching tribute to what he described as the “American Tailwind.”

Here are the highlights from the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway:

Don't pay attention to quarterly fluctuations

“Wide swings in our quarterly GAAP earnings will inevitably continue. That’s because our huge equity portfolio – valued at nearly $173 billion at the end of 2018 – will often experience one-day price fluctuations of $2 billion or more, all of which the new rule says must be dropped immediately to our bottom line. Indeed, in the fourth quarter, a period of high volatility in stock prices, we experienced several days with a ‘profit’ or ‘loss’ of more than $4 billion. Our advice? Focus on operating earnings, paying little attention to gains or losses of any variety. My saying that in no way diminishes the importance of our investments to Berkshire. Over time, Charlie and I expect them to deliver substantial gains, albeit with highly irregular timing.”

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Intercontinental Hotels Group(IHG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Intercontinental Hotels Group (LON:IHG) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the twelve ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 4,483.33 ($58.40).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Liberum Capital reissued their hold rating on shares of InterContinental Hotels Group (LON:IHG) in a research report report published on Friday morning.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Playa Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ: PLYA) and InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE:IHG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Intercontinental Hotels Group (LON:IHG) had its price target increased by Societe Generale from GBX 4,500 ($58.80) to GBX 4,800 ($62.72) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. They currently have a hold rating on the stock.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Crown Media Holdings, Inc.(CRWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Acumen Capital reissued their buy rating on shares of Crown Capital Partners (TSE:CRWN) in a research report report published on Tuesday. Acumen Capital currently has a C$11.80 target price on the stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Crown Capital Partners (TSE:CRWN) had its price target cut by Cormark from C$12.00 to C$11.00 in a report issued on Thursday.

    Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on CRWN. National Bank Financial reissued a sector perform rating and issued a C$11.00 price target on shares of Crown Capital Partners in a report on Wednesday, November 28th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on shares of Crown Capital Partners from C$11.50 to C$11.00 and set an outperform rating for the company in a report on Monday, January 14th. Raymond James reissued an outperform rating and issued a C$11.50 price target on shares of Crown Capital Partners in a report on Monday, February 11th. Finally, Acumen Capital reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a C$11.80 target price on shares of Crown Capital Partners in a research note on Tuesday, February 19th.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: China Life Insurance Company Limited(LFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    China Life Insurance (NYSE: LFC) manages the broadest distribution network among insurers in China with 31 provincial-level branches, covering over 420 million policyholders. Gross written premiums jumped 19% last year with a 29% increase in renewal policy premiums.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    China Life Insurance (NYSE: LFC) and Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    China Life Insurance Co Ltd (NYSE:LFC) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the twelve ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $13.85.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Critical Comparison: AXA (AXAHY) & China Life Insurance (LFC) (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks Value Investor Highlights: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, China Life Insurance and Jacobs Engineering (finance.yahoo.com) China Life Insurance (LFC) Rating Lowered to Sell at Goldman Sachs (americanbankingnews.com) Head to Head Comparison: China Life Insurance (LFC) & The Competition (americanbankingnews.com) Contrasting China Life Insurance (LFC) and Its Competitors (americanbankingnews.com)

    China Life Insurance traded up $0.23, hitting $14.32, during midday trading on Friday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 454,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 692,520. The company has a current ratio of 8.45, a quick ratio of 8.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05. China Life Insurance has a 12 month low of $13.48 and a 12 month high of $17.85. The stock has a market cap of $81.12 billion, a PE ratio of 15.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.49 and a beta of 1.57.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    OLD Mut PLC/ADR (NYSE: LFC) and China Life Insurance (NYSE:LFC) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    China Life Insurance Co Ltd (NYSE:LFC) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen research firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $13.85.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: SkyWest, Inc.(SKYW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Over the past five years, top regional airline SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW) has achieved a remarkable comeback. In 2014, the company was barely profitable, due to a combination of unfavorable weather, rising pilot costs, and the poor profitability of its ExpressJet subsidiary. SkyWest posted a full-year adjusted profit of less than $7 million — on more than $3 billion of revenue — for 2014.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ:SKYW) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the nine ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $65.86.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Of these potential explanations for United’s pending service cuts, the most plausible is that a pilot shortage forced its hand. Of the three routes that will be canceled, two are flown by subsidiaries of SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW), while the Champaign/Urbana route is operated by Trans States Airlines.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Strayer Education, Inc.(STRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Strayer Education (NASDAQ: STRA) and New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (NYSE:EDU) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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    Form 4 STRAYER EDUCATION INC For: May 01 Filed by: MILANO TODD A (streetinsider.com) Q2 2018 Earnings Forecast for Strayer Education (STRA) Issued By Piper Jaffray (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Price Target Raised to $118.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Q1 Earnings Beat, Enrollments Up (msn.com) Edited Transcript of STRA earnings conference call or presentation 2-May-18 2:00pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of brokerages recently weighed in on STRA. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 target price on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Piper Jaffray upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. TheStreet cut shares of Strayer Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, First Analysis upgraded shares of Strayer Education from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $105.00 to $112.00 in a report on Sunday, March 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Strayer Education presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $106.50.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc.(PWOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Headlines about Penns Woods Bancorp (NASDAQ:PWOD) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Penns Woods Bancorp earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2338385861856 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: VivoPower International PLC (VVPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Bioblast Pharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORPN) shares rose 29.6 percent to $3.22.
    Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX) surged 23.3 percent to $19.60 after the company reported commencement of modified Dutch auction cash tender for up to $16 million of common stock.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares rose 22.1 percent to $15.8003.
    Quotient Limited (NASDAQ: QTNT) gained 18.1 percent to $5.54 following commencement of EU blood grouping field trial.
    Shineco, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYHT) climbed 17.1 percent to $1.9899 following Q3 results. Shineco posted Q3 earnings of $0.21 per share on sales of $13.3 million.
    CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) rose 17 percent to $3.0999.
    Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE) shares climbed 12 percent to $2.2613. The stock spiked more than 14 percent Thursday near the close as traders circulate word the Delaware lottery is planning to introduce full sports betting in June.
    Harte Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS) shares gained 7.2 percent to $11.05 after the company late Thursday appointed four new independent directors to board.
    Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) rose 6.4 percent to $6.17.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) shares gained 6.3 percent to $3.74.
    Global Self Storage, Inc. (NASDAQ: SELF) shares climbed 6 percent to $4.20.

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares dipped 47.8 percent to $4.60. Check-Cap priced its upsized underwritten offering of public units at $5.50 per unit.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) shares fell 41.5 percent to $2.57.
    Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) dropped 35.1 percent to $29.50 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) dropped 34.8 percent to $3.75 after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 25.2 percent to $24.01 after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) dropped 22.5 percent to $45.73 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 19.6 percent to $52.075 following Q1 earnings.
    Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVM) shares declined 18.1 percent to $5.20. Adverum Biotech disclosed that its CEO Amber Salzman is stepping down.
    Newater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEWA) dropped 17.2 percent to $12.83.
    Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) fell 17.2 percent to $13.65 following Q1 results.
    Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) declined 15.8 percent to $19.40 after announcing Q1 results.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.649 after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Performant Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: PFMT) dropped 14.2 percent to $2.65.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 13.2 percent to $8.32 after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) dropped 12.2 percent to $5.05.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 9.7 percent

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Take a look at last week’s top-performing penny stocks below, and then we’ll show you how we found the next penny stock on our radar:

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) $3.51 134.00%
    Akari Therapeutics Plc. (NASDAQ: AKTX) $4.08 122.96%
    Soleno Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SLNO) $2.68 78.67%
    Handcock Jaffe Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: HJLI) $2.35 66.67%
    ConforMIS Inc. (NASDAQ: CFMS) $1.78 54.76%
    Smart Sand Inc. (NASDAQ: SND) $3.99 46.69%
    Avinger Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGR) $0.89 45.19%
    VivoPower International Plc. (NASDAQ: VVPR) $1.55 44.86%
    Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SNSS) $0.92 43.64%
    Genprx Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) $2.10 42.86%

    As last week’s returns show, the right penny stocks can crush the broader market’s lackluster returns.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) shares climbed 23.2 percent to $155.19 after Elliott Management confirmed a $160 per share cash offer for athenahealth.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) gained 21.3 percent to $8.83. Evolus named David Moatazedi as new CEO.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) climbed 18.2 percent to $3.12 after falling 39.86 percent on Friday.
    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) rose 15.6 percent to $27.53 after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) rose 13 percent to $2.26.
    Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGC) gained 11.9 percent to $7.35.
    National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) surged 11.8 percent to $6.24 after the company posted upbeat quarterly profit.
    Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) shares gained 11.3 percent to $3.56.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) shares rose 8.8 percent to $18.875.
    Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI) rose 8.7 percent to $2.9683.
    Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE: KOS) shares rose 7.4 percent to $7.40.
    Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) rose 7 percent to $2.88 after climbing 1.89 percent on Friday.
    Cloudera, Inc. (NYSE: CLDR) surged 6 percent to $15.93. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Cloudera with a Buy rating.
    Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) rose 5.1 percent to $257.35. Barclays upgraded Illumina from Equal-Weight to Overweight.

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose by over 5% to $15.88. The stock’s 52-week range is $7.97 to $32.17. Volume was about 1.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion.
    Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $5.68 billion.
    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $14.05 billion.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $441.73 million.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $434.87 million.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $6.38 billion.
    LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (NYSE: LTM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $2.70 billion.
    Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $362.11 million.
    The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $379.98 million.
    A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $849.38 million.
    Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $670.10 million.
    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $875.91 million.
    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $923.13

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose about 10% to $10.02. The stock’s 52-week range is $5.50 to $26.78. Volume was 5.5 million compared to its average volume of 2 million.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Glacier Bancorp, Inc.(GBCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News articles about Glacier Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBCI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Glacier Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.9843227025393 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Glacier Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBCI) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Saturday morning.

    A number of other research analysts also recently commented on GBCI. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Glacier Bancorp from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. Sandler O’Neill restated a hold rating and set a $41.00 price objective on shares of Glacier Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. ValuEngine upgraded Glacier Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. Finally, DA Davidson lowered their price objective on Glacier Bancorp from $42.00 to $40.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $41.33.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: MEI Pharma, Inc.(MEIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) rose 75.31 percent to close at $9.94 after reporting Q1 results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares jumped 40.62 percent to close at $4.50 on Tuesday after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) gained 34.39 percent to close at $3.40.
    MEDIGUS Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS) gained 32.74 percent to close at $1.50 in reaction to its Monday announcement of a distribution agreement. The medical device company said it reached an agreement to distribute its minimally invasive medical devices in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    Pfenex Inc. (NYSE: PFNX) surged 31.15 percent to close at $8.00 after the company announced the positive top-line PF708 study results in Osteoporosis patients that showed no imbalances in severity or incidence of adverse events.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) rose 21.07 percent to close at $11.09. Arcadia Biosciences reported that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. has joined its board of directors.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 20.23 percent to close at $10.58.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) shares gained 17.62 percent to close at $17.82.
    Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: APVO) rose 17.1 percent to close at $5.82.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) shares jumped 16.23 percent to close at $4.87 following Q1 earnings.
    Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) rose 16.04 percent to close at $3.69.
    PPDAI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PPDF) climbed 15.99 percent to close at $7.98 following Q1 results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.93 percent to close at $3.42.
    LiqTech International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIQT) gained 15.59 percent to close at $0.5532 following Q1 results.
    Sophiris Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPHS) gained 13.92 percent to close at $3.52 on Tuesday following Q1 results.
    Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA) jumped 13.4 percent to close at $2.37.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) shares surged 13.05 percent to close
  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of MEI Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:MEIP) were up 13.2% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $4.30 and last traded at $4.30. Approximately 651,334 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 127% from the average daily volume of 287,125 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.80.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares climbed 70.3 percent to $5.45 after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    MEDIGUS Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS) surged 39.8 percent to $1.58 in reaction to its Monday announcement of a distribution agreement. The medical device company said it reached an agreement to distribute its minimally invasive medical devices in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) gained 25.6 percent to $11.50. Arcadia Biosciences reported that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. has joined its board of directors.
    Aytu Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: AYTU) shares jumped 21.8 percent to $0.4798 after the company late Monday reported lighter-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) shares gained 21.1 percent to $26.77 following Q3 results.
    Pfenex Inc. (NYSE: PFNX) rose 16.8 percent to $7.1271 after the company announced the positive top-line PF708 study results in Osteoporosis patients that showed no imbalances in severity or incidence of adverse events.
    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) rose 13.8 percent to $2.88.
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) jumped 13.1 percent to $6.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares gained 12 percent to $5.87 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) gained 8.4 percent to $3.96 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Rosehill Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: ROSE) surged 8.4 percent to $7.90 after announcing Q1 results.
    LiqTech International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIQT) rose 8.1 percent to $0.5171 following Q1 results.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) rose 7.7 percent to $5.6103 following Q1 results.
    Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE: NINE) shares climbed 7.4 percent to $35.90.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 6.7 percent to $6.40 after the company presented XEN901 Phase 1 clinical update and XEN1101 TMS pharmacodynamic Phase 1 data.
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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about MEI Pharma (NASDAQ:MEIP) have been trending somewhat negative on Friday, according to Accern. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MEI Pharma earned a coverage optimism score of -0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 45.5534769772513 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Seadrill’s rally demonstrates how profitable penny stocks can be for savvy investors. With Seadrill’s gains already on the books, we’ll look at a stock that’s on track to generate tremendous returns – a small cap that just completed a groundbreaking acquisition with huge profit potential…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) $0.58 98.74%
    Vivis Inc. (Nasdaq: VVUS) $0.83 59.97%
    MEI Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) $3.45 43.40%
    Transenterix Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) $3.15 35.72%
    Akers Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: AKER) $0.65 34.38%
    Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT) $4.54 32.58%
    Phoenix New Media Ltd. (NYSE ADR: FENG) $5.65 32.22%
    Heat Biologics Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX) $1.73 31.37%
    Bright Scholar Education Ltd. (NYSE ADR: BEDU) $18.51 29.03%
    21 Vianet Group Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) $7.36 28.72%

    These gains are incredibly exciting. However, not all penny stocks are equally strong investments.

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If the major networks are running scared of changes assailing their business model, it hasn’t been enough to make them change their shared programming strategy — a formula tilted toward familiar titles and relative stability, based on this week’s upfront presentations to media buyers.

Although the networks collectively stress that television is a year-round business, the fall prime time lineup remains a bellwether for just how much turnover broadcasters think they can absorb, and how many new shows they can effectively promote. The reliance on reboots and revivals, moreover — with CBS’ updates of “Magnum P.I.” and “Murphy Brown” and a CW “Charmed” remake joining fare like “Will & Grace” and “Roseanne” — offers a leg up in getting new fare noticed and sampled.

Broadcasters have largely concluded that even modestly performing shows present less risk than willy-nilly change, with the five networks — including the CW, which is expanding its lineup to a sixth night — scheduling just 18 new programs in the fall, the fewest in recent memory. Part of that has to do with the presence of NFL football Sunday and Thursday nights (on NBC and Fox, respectively), but the number of brand-new shows ordered overall has been drifting downward — about three dozen this upfront, including mid-season pick-ups, from 45 in 2015.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk is generating headlines after his recent appearance on the podcast of comedian Joe Rogan. Musk is seen smoking marijuana and sipping whiskey during a conversation on issues ranging from Tesla and China to humanity and artificial intelligence. Musk even brought one of his company’s flamethrowers to the studio. Recreational marijuana is legal in California. The interview attracted 450,000 viewers within five hours. TSLA stock was off more than 1% in pre-market trading. Get ready for a proxy battle at one of America’s oldest consumer goods companies. According to reports, Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point is preparing a proxy fight to replace the entire board of directors at Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB). Shares of CPB stock added more than 1.6% this morning. A light day of earnings reports features just Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO). However, there was plenty of earnings action after the bell on Thursday. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) popped more than 6.3% after the firm topped profit expectations by $0.11. Wall Street had expected earnings per share of $1.17. Meanwhile, semiconductor giant Broadcom Inc. (Nasdaq: AVGO) stock rallied nearly 4.5% after it beat Wall Street earnings estimates of $4.83 per share by $0.16.

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  • [By John Rosevear]

    Well, now we know: Elon Musk’s tweet in which he said he had “[f]unding secured” to take Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) private was probably an exaggeration, but it wasn’t exactly a bluff. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Source: ThinkstockIn an email to employees dated Tuesday, Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk announced that the company has decided to fire 9% of it current staff, “almost entirely made [up] from our salaried population and no production associates were included.”

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Internap Network Services Corporation(INAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap (NASDAQ:INAP) issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The information technology services provider reported ($0.70) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.57) by ($0.13), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $74.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.99 million. Internap had a negative return on equity of 271.76% and a negative net margin of 16.15%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted ($0.02) earnings per share.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    GDS (NASDAQ: INAP) and Internap (NASDAQ:INAP) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap Corp (NASDAQ:INAP) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $28.00.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Smart(SFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Smart & Final (NYSE: SFS) and Kroger (NYSE:KR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    But over the past five years, the industry has been turned upside down by changes in business models, a focus on delivery, and mass consolidation. While the dust is far from settled, here are 10 of the largest publicly traded grocers you can buy stock in.

    Company Market Cap Stores Regions Chains
    Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) $780 billion 500 USA Whole Foods
    Walmart (NYSE:WMT) $250 billion 11,700 Worldwide Walmart
    Costco (NASDAQ:COST) $86 billion 750 USA Costco
    Kroger (NYSE:KR) $21 billion 2,800 USA Kroger, Roundy’s, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less
    Sprouts (NASDAQ: SFM) $3 billion 300 Western and Southern U.S. Sprouts Farmer’s Market
    Weis Market (NYSE: WMK) $1.3 billion 200 Mid-Atlantic U.S. Weis Market
    SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) $630 million 100 Midwestern U.S. Cub Foods, Shopper’s Food, Hornbacher
    Ingles Market (NASDAQ: IMKTA) $580 million 200 Southeastern U.S. Ingles Market, Sav-Mor
    Smart & Final (NYSE: SFS) $360 million 350 Western U.S. Smart & Final, Cash & Carry
    Natural Grocers (NYSE: NGVC) $230 million 150 Western U.S. Natural Grocers

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance, company websites.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: SkyWest, Inc.(SKYW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Of these potential explanations for United’s pending service cuts, the most plausible is that a pilot shortage forced its hand. Of the three routes that will be canceled, two are flown by subsidiaries of SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW), while the Champaign/Urbana route is operated by Trans States Airlines.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Over the past five years, top regional airline SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW) has achieved a remarkable comeback. In 2014, the company was barely profitable, due to a combination of unfavorable weather, rising pilot costs, and the poor profitability of its ExpressJet subsidiary. SkyWest posted a full-year adjusted profit of less than $7 million — on more than $3 billion of revenue — for 2014.

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Knott David M decreased its position in shares of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) by 10.1% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 8,901 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 1,000 shares during the period. Knott David M’s holdings in Gilead Sciences were worth $671,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC bought a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $133,000. Advisors Preferred LLC bought a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $140,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC bought a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $141,000. Certified Advisory Corp bought a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $133,000. Finally, Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware lifted its stake in Gilead Sciences by 67.7% in the 1st quarter. Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware now owns 2,130 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $161,000 after purchasing an additional 860 shares during the last quarter. 77.71% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: PICO Holdings Inc.(PICO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pico (NASDAQ: PICO) and Ellington Financial (NYSE:EFC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    PICO (NASDAQ: PICO) and Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NEW WORLD Dev L/ADR (OTCMKTS: NDVLY) and Pico (NASDAQ:PICO) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: SkyWest, Inc.(SKYW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Of these potential explanations for United’s pending service cuts, the most plausible is that a pilot shortage forced its hand. Of the three routes that will be canceled, two are flown by subsidiaries of SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW), while the Champaign/Urbana route is operated by Trans States Airlines.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Provident Financial Services, Inc(PFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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    Head-To-Head Review: Provident Financial (PROV) versus Provident Financial Services (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Head-To-Head Contrast: Territorial Bancorp (TBNK) & Provident Financial Services (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Q3 2018 EPS Estimates for Provident Financial Services, Inc. Decreased by Piper Jaffray (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Provident Financial Services, Inc. (PFS) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of research analysts have issued reports on PFS shares. Sandler O’Neill raised shares of Provident Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of Provident Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Provident Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Provident Financial Services in a research report on Monday, January 29th. Finally, Piper Jaffray reissued a “hold” rating and set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Provident Financial Services in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Provident Financial Services currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.42.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Provident Financial Services (NYSE: PFS) and BCB Bancorp (NASDAQ:BCBP) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Provident Financial Services (NYSE: PFS) and Dime Community Bancshares (NASDAQ:DCOM) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $27.88.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Clifton Bancorp (NASDAQ: CSBK) and Provident Financial Services (NYSE:PFS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch Right Now: Mimecast Limited(MIME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Todd Campbell and Timothy Green]

    Buying and holding shares in great companies like eBayfor the long haul has proven to be very profit-friendly, but identifying growth stocks early on isn’t easy. To help find tomorrow’s winners, we asked two Motley Fool investors which burgeoning growth stocks are on their radar right now. They responded with Skechers (NYSE:SKX)and Mimecast (NASDAQ:MIME). Read on to find out if these stocks deserve a spot in your portfolio.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Investing in emerging growth stocks for the long haul can be a great way to produce market-beating returns, but with thousands of stocks to choose from, it can be tough figuring out which are worth owning. To help, I went searching for growth stocks that can be added to portfolios and pickedAtlassian Corp. (NASDAQ:TEAM), Mimecast (NASDAQ:MIME), and 2U Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU) as my favorite stocks to buy in May. Read on to learn if these stocks are right for your portfolio, too.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares rose 14.1 percent to $3.65 in the pre-market trading session after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH) rose 13.3 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after reporting a third-quarter earnings beat.
    MYnd Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYND) rose 10.5 percent to $3.49 in pre-market trading. MYnd Analytics reported a Q2 net loss of $2.7 million on revenue of $459,900.
    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares rose 8.4 percent to $5.68 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) shares rose 7.7 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 7.5 percent to $6.45 in pre-market trading after the company presented XEN901 Phase 1 clinical update and XEN1101 TMS pharmacodynamic Phase 1 data.
    Mimecast Ltd (NASDAQ: MIME) rose 6.5 percent to $43.50 in pre-market trading following a first-quarter sales beat.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 6 percent to $12.50 in pre-market trading after surging 77.44 percent on Monday.
    Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTLA) shares rose 6 percent to $26.05 in pre-market trading after climbing 3.58 percent on Monday.
    PPDAI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PPDF) rose 4.7 percent to $7.20 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 4.1 percent to $13.88 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.54 percent on Monday.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) shares rose 4.5 percent to $21.73 in pre-market trading. Mizuho upgraded Valeant from Neutral to Buy.
    Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) rose 4.1 percent to $3.80 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) rose 3.4 percent to $4.00 in pre-market trading after jumping 23.25 percent o

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Nordstrom Inc.(JWN) shares are on saleagain.

Shares of the department store are down as much as 12% to $46.65Friday after Nordstrom reported holiday-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations and gave a downbeat outlook for the full year. The stock is set for its worst intraday drop since it last reported earnings in November, when shares fell as much as 21% after the retailer posted disappointing results and cut its profit and sales forecasts.

The company has now lost more than a third of its market value over the past 12 months, well underperforming the S&P 500, which is down 8.9% in the past year. It’s been a rough 12 months, in general, for department stores with the S&P 500 sub-group down 36%.

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Hot Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ:PBIB) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Porter Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.3359026173577 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 32.49% of the total portfolio. Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 397,069 shares, 25.6% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,391,767 shares, 23.3% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 shares, 13.08% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 323,980 shares, 4.31% of the total portfolio.

Hot Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: SkyWest, Inc.(SKYW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Of these potential explanations for United’s pending service cuts, the most plausible is that a pilot shortage forced its hand. Of the three routes that will be canceled, two are flown by subsidiaries of SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW), while the Champaign/Urbana route is operated by Trans States Airlines.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Hot Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: BB&T Corporation(BBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BB&T (NYSE:BBT) insider William Rufus Yates sold 16,279 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.20, for a total transaction of $882,321.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 42,101 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,281,874.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BB&T (NYSE:BBT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 19th. The insurance provider reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.81 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.85 billion. BB&T had a net margin of 21.63% and a return on equity of 10.38%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.46 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that BB&T will post 4 EPS for the current fiscal year.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Richard C. Young & CO. LTD. boosted its stake in shares of BB&T (NYSE:BBT) by 1.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 197,093 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 3,323 shares during the quarter. BB&T accounts for approximately 2.0% of Richard C. Young & CO. LTD.’s portfolio, making the stock its 18th largest holding. Richard C. Young & CO. LTD.’s holdings in BB&T were worth $10,257,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BitBoost (CURRENCY:BBT) traded 0.1% lower against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 17:00 PM Eastern on June 24th. BitBoost has a total market capitalization of $1.85 million and $0.00 worth of BitBoost was traded on exchanges in the last day. One BitBoost token can now be purchased for $0.14 or 0.00001497 BTC on popular exchanges. During the last week, BitBoost has traded 17.5% higher against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BitBoost (CURRENCY:BBT) traded 0.1% lower against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 12:00 PM ET on May 23rd. Over the last week, BitBoost has traded up 17.5% against the US dollar. BitBoost has a total market cap of $1.85 million and approximately $0.00 worth of BitBoost was traded on exchanges in the last day. One BitBoost token can now be purchased for $0.14 or 0.00001497 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    State Treasurer State of Michigan decreased its holdings in BB&T (NYSE:BBT) by 1.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 228,861 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 2,400 shares during the quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan’s holdings in BB&T were worth $11,910,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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Another fatal crash involving a Tesla Inc. electric car is under scrutiny following Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk’s latest lashing-out over media coverage of his electric-car maker.

Police in southern Switzerland are investigating the death of a German man whose Tesla crashed into a guardrail and burst into flames last week, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Bloomberg News reached a representative of the Bellinzona police who said no one is available to provide details on the incident until Wednesday morning.

“We are deeply saddened by this accident, and we are working to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation to local authorities,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Tesla has not yet received any data from the car and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, although it appeared to be a high-speed collision.”

Musk, 46, sent a series of tweets Monday criticizing journalists for not reporting that Tesla makes what he says is the safest car on the road. He reiterated that the company will begin reporting safety-related data on a quarterly basis, starting after the three months ending in June.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: World Fuel Services Corporation(INT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internet Node Token (CURRENCY:INT) traded 1.6% lower against the US dollar during the 1 day period ending at 21:00 PM ET on June 6th. In the last seven days, Internet Node Token has traded 19.6% lower against the US dollar. Internet Node Token has a total market cap of $32.85 million and $6.97 million worth of Internet Node Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Internet Node Token token can now be bought for $0.22 or 0.00002838 BTC on exchanges including OKEx, CoinEgg and Allcoin.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    World Fuel Services (NYSE:INT) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $38.00.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) shares dropped 21 percent to $22.05 following Q1 results.

    Shares of Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) were down 17 percent to $352.05. Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.

Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SkyWest, Inc.(SKYW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Of these potential explanations for United’s pending service cuts, the most plausible is that a pilot shortage forced its hand. Of the three routes that will be canceled, two are flown by subsidiaries of SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW), while the Champaign/Urbana route is operated by Trans States Airlines.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Panasonic Corporation (PCRFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    However, Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) announced this week that it was happy to consider further investment in the Nevada facility. A similar move in China is not unlikely. Tesla expects to triple its energy storage business this year but its problem has been getting supply to meet the demand. Panasonic’s announcement is probably connected to a very substantial energy storage contract win just announced by the company.

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