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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

If you are a dividend investor, the current low interest rate environment has probably been very frustrating. There are high yielding stocks around, of course, but they’re often backed by struggling and/or financially weak companies. Investing in dividend stocks for the long-term means finding the right mix of yield, financial strength, and long-term opportunity.

If you’re looking for healthy, long-term dividend stocks, there are three names that should be on your watch list: integrated oil giant ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), food maker Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), and senior housing owner Welltower Inc. (NYSE:WELL). Here’s a quick rundown on each.

1. Down but not out

Exxon has some issues to deal with, which has caused investors to push the company’s shares lower even as stronger performing peers have seen notable stock gains. But now the oil giant’s yield is up over 4%, toward the high end of its historical range. And its price to tangible book value is lower than it has been since the 1980s. The company looks like it’s trading at value levels today.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: BB&T Corporation(BBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 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 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 Jordan Wathen, Matthew Frankel, and Dan Caplinger]

    But investors can do even better by selecting the very best banks the market has to offer. Below, three Fool.com contributors make the case for whyBB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT), US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)are worthy additions to your portfolio.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Kelly Services Inc.(KELYA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media stories about Kelly Services, Inc. Class A (NASDAQ:KELYA) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kelly Services, Inc. Class A earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 46.7275014360744 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 296.07 percent to close at $1.25 on Monday after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares gained 19.59 percent to close at $2.93.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) rose 18.39 percent to close at $2.64 on Monday.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $2.55.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares jumped 14.9 percent to close at $2.39.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) climbed 13.96 percent to close at $4.49.
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) shares rose 13.55 percent to close at $4.61 on Monday.
    Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) surged 13.09 percent to close at $5.01.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) gained 12.9 percent to close at $49.28. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares rose 12.83 percent to close at $3.43.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) jumped 12.52 percent to close at $57.86 on Reports that it has reached a deal with Fox for Its 'Smackdown Live' program.
    Eastman Kodak Company (NASDAQ: KODK) rose 12.38 percent to close at $5.90.
    NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) climbed 11.94 percent to close at $26.44. NuCana appointed Dr. Cyrille Leperlier to its Board as an independent non-executive Director.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) rose 11.83 percent to close at $3.97 on Monday.
    Huami Corporation (NYSE: HMI) shares jumped 11.27 percent to close at $10.17 following Q1 results.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 9.55 percent to close at $7.34.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 8.56 percent to close at $7.86 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the de
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares jumped 113.5 percent to $0.6737 after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares rose 35.34 percent to close at $3.32.
    Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTW) shares gained 30.36 percent to $3.65.
    Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XTNT) shares jumped 25.6 percent to $7.4701 after the company disclosed that it has received the FDA clearance for InTice™-C Porous Titanium Cervical Interbody System.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares surged 20 percent to $2.495.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) surged 17.04 percent to $2.61.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 15 percent to $8.32 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the development of next generation interactive educational activities.
    Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUV) gained 15 percent to $3.39.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) rose 13.7 percent to $49.64. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    FRONTEO, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEO) shares rose 11.8 percent to $20.956.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares jumped 11.1 percent to $3.38.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) rose 10.6 percent to $7.41.
    NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NIHD) shares gained 9 percent to $2.32.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) rose 7.6 percent to $24.19. Northcoast Research upgraded Kelly Services from Neutral to Buy.
    LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $33.70. Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) will buy LaSalle Hotel Properties in a $4.8 billion deal, Bloomberg reported.
    Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX) gained 5.5 percent to $32.56. KeyBanc upgraded Alteryx from Sector Weight to Overweight.
    Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Engineers Gate Manager LP bought a new position in Kelly Services (NASDAQ:KELYA) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm bought 18,436 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $535,000.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of St. James’s Place (LON:STJ) to a buy rating in a research report released on Thursday. They currently have GBX 1,430 ($19.19) target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of GBX 1,310 ($17.58).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about St Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. St Jude Medical earned a coverage optimism score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the medical technology company an impact score of 46.7237518599623 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Just Energy Group, Inc.(JE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    But as great as CNSL looks, our next stock offers even better upside…

    Best Dividend Stocks for Growth, No. 2: Just Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: JE)

    Just Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq: JE) is a Canadian electrical power company that primarily uses low-cost natural gas.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Just Energy Group Inc (NYSE:JE) (TSE:JE) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $6.53.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News articles about Just Energy Group (NYSE:JE) (TSE:JE) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Just Energy Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.690499827081 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: BancFirst Corporation(BANF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday.

    BANF has been the subject of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BancFirst from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $65.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, April 23rd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BancFirst from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a hold rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of BancFirst in a research report on Friday, April 20th.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Las Vegas Sands Corp.(LVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Naturally, the herd of investors piled into expensive stocks like MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

    But there are better bets out there…

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    As 2018 unfolds, revenues in the Cotai Strip continue to grow. Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) is winning significant market share with its newer Wynn Palace resort, where revenue was up 47.2% in the first quarter. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) is holding its own with its four Cotai resorts: They are achieving similar growth rates to the 20.5% of Macau’s gaming market overall. So if Wynn is taking market share, and Las Vegas Sands is holding steady, at least one of the other four concessionaires has to be losing ground. And by the looks of its recent first-quarter earnings release, Melco Resorts is one of the losers.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019

Imagine your frail father dons a virtual reality headset so he can “attend” his grandson’s graduation and feel as if he’s really there. Or your mom, forgetful about her medicine, swallows a teensy sensor encased in medication that will relay the time she took the pill and the dosage to her smartphone.

SEE ALSO: Technology Helps Seniors Remain at Home

Perhaps your mother-in-law has dementia, which makes her agitated. A small robot she holds that acts like a cat, including purring, calms her instantly. Afraid shell wander? Your phone can alert you if she does.

Whether already in use or still being tested, aging-in-place technology is improving the aging experience for seniors and family caregivers. Part of the reason: the development of artificial intelligence, or AI, and “big data.” With AI, devices can react like humans after assessing a situation and learning someone’s habits. Wearable gadgetsthink Fitbit on steroidscan collect and analyze health data, while medical mini-machines monitor chronic conditions and customize treatment.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Grifols, S.A.(GRFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Financial Gravity Companies Inc. raised its stake in shares of Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) by 264.0% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 13,862 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,054 shares during the quarter. Financial Gravity Companies Inc.’s holdings in Grifols were worth $282,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Retail Properties of America, Inc.(RPAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Retail Properties of America Inc. (NYSE: RPAI) investors receive a 5.7% yield. The stock was last seen trading at $11.45 a share. The 52-week range is $10.94 to $14.70, and the consensus price target is $15.44.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Retail Properties of America (NYSE:RPAI) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Retail Properties of America earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 48.1880076437209 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Tandy Leather Factory, Inc.(TLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tandy Leather Factory (NASDAQ: TLF) and Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of St. James’s Place (LON:STJ) to a buy rating in a research report released on Thursday. They currently have GBX 1,430 ($19.19) target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of GBX 1,310 ($17.58).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about St Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. St Jude Medical earned a coverage optimism score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the medical technology company an impact score of 46.7237518599623 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Enerplus Corporation(ERF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Enerplus (TSE:ERF) (NYSE:ERF) had its target price hoisted by CIBC from C$19.00 to C$20.00 in a research note published on Friday morning.

    Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. CSFB upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$17.00 to C$20.00 in a report on Friday, April 13th. GMP Securities upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$17.00 to C$18.00 in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Barclays upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$18.00 to C$20.00 in a report on Monday, February 26th. Canaccord Genuity upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$16.50 to C$17.00 in a report on Monday, February 26th. Finally, Desjardins upped their price objective on shares of Enerplus from C$16.00 to C$17.50 in a report on Monday, February 26th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The stock has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of C$18.29.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) – Stock analysts at National Bank Financial reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for Enerplus in a research note issued on Thursday, May 3rd. National Bank Financial analyst T. Wood now forecasts that the oil and natural gas company will earn $1.13 per share for the year, down from their previous estimate of $1.27. National Bank Financial also issued estimates for Enerplus’ FY2019 earnings at $1.96 EPS.

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In terms of how the election results will affect the new fiduciary standard, “None of us can say with certainty what will actually happen. Many different types of scenarios are possible, and we are planning for all of them. In the meantime, we will continue preparing for an April 2017 implementation,” it added.

things to invest in now: Dover Corporation(DOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) was at $75.19 at the end of 2016 and the firm has a $85.00 price objective. This is 13% in implied upside for Dover, before considering its 2.3% dividend yield.

things to invest in now: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    But is it a good idea to buy FireEye based on this one incident, despite its huge losses, or should investors look at Check Point Software Technologies(NASDAQ:CHKP), given its focus on growing its bottom line? Let’s find out.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

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    (Incidentally, the operating structure and history of growth through smart acquisitions and management is a reminiscent story behind the rise of Bernard Arnault and The Arnault Family Group, which is the majority controlling shareholder in LVMH Mo毛t Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.E. (OTCPK:LVMUY) and Christian Dior SE in the ultra-luxury goods industry.)

things to invest in now: Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited(HMY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…

    Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30)
    DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24%
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56%
    Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27%
    Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25%
    Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16%
    Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75%
    Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%

    Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, basic materials shares surged by 0.6 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) and Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE: SLW), down 5 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares tumbled by 1.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 6 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 6 percent.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list shows the top-performing gold stocks this month, which we’ll be watching in September 2017. While these stocks posted gains in August, we still aren’t recommending them. Instead, we’re going to show you Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth’s pick for the best gold stock to buy this year…

    Top Gold Stock Share Price August 2017 Gain
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $6.35 +22.9%
    Iamgold Corp. (NYSE: IAG) $6.49 +20%
    Alamos Gold Inc. (NYSE: AGI) $8.17 +15.1%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $81.20 +11.6%
    Hudbay Minerals Inc. (NYSE: HBM) $8.70 +11.5%
    Gold Fields Ltd. (NYSE ADR: GFI) $4.42 +10.9%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $101.90 +9.6%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.97 +8.8%
    Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE: AEM) $50.60 +8.4%
    Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY) $2.81 +7.9%

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things to invest in now: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Paulson picked up 45,500 shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) . The stake is worth $3.5 million as of the end of the second quarter.

    St. Jude Medical develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices for cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, atrial fibrillation therapy areas and neurostimulation medical devices for the management of chronic pain. It has a $23.6 billion market cap and trades at a P/E of 36.03. 

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The S&P 500 finished little changed–giving back all of today’s earlier gains in the process–but Michael Kors Holdings (KORS) held on to end the day as the S&P 500′s hottest stock.

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Shares of Michael Kors gained 3.7% to $49.62 today, and the funny part is that there was no new news on the apparel & accessories retailer today. Nothing at all. I checked Dow Jones Newswires. I checked Google News. I checked Briefing.com. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Bloomberg says Jefferies had a positive note, but the analyst tells me he didn’t write one. FactSet says Piper Jaffray wrote a note on Kors, which seems plausible since Piper’sErinn Murphy wrote a positive one onCoach (COH), another maker of handbags and other accessories, today, but I’ve yet to receive confirmation.

stock market returns: Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Universal Health Services (UHS), yesterday’s biggest loser, soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as it rebounded from the massive selloff.

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    Universal Health Servicesgained 6.9% to $108.57 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,262.03.

    Weakness in Universal Health Services began when Buzzfeed ran an article last week, contending the companys psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people. Yesterday, it tumbled when Raymond James cut its rating on the stock due to problems that could be caused by a potential Senate investigation.

    Universal Health Services’ market capitalization rose to $10.5 today from $9.8 billion yesterday, nearly recouping its drop from $10.6 billion on Dec. 13.

    It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.

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    ANALYST RATINGS
    Piper Jaffray upgraded Best Buy Co (NYSE: BBY) from Neutral to Overweight
    Wells Fargo upgraded Allscripts Healthcare (NASDAQ: MDRX) from Market Perform to Outperform
    Mizuho upgraded Universal Health Service (NYSE: UHS) from Neutral to Buy
    Piper Jaffray downgraded The Michaels Companies (NASDAQ: MIK) from Overweight to Neutral
    JMP Securities downgraded KB Home (NYSE: KBH) from Market Outperform to Market Perform
    Raymond James downgraded Sierra Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) from Outperform to Market Perform

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Universal Health Services (UHS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after BuzzFeed published an investigative story alleging that the company’s psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people.

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    Shares of Universal Health Services dropped 12% to$111.30 today, while the S&P 500 rose 1.3% to 2,241.35, a record high.

    Universal Health Services’ stock had been minding its business for most of the day–it was up 1.1% at $127.76 at 3:10 p.m. today–when the story by BuzzFeed’s Rosalind Adams went live. Here’s the gist:

    Millwood Hospital is part of Americas largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, or UHS. Its more than 200 psychiatric facilities across the country admitted nearly 450,000 patients last year. The result was almost $7.5 billion in revenues from inpatient care last year and profit margins of around 30%. More than a third of the companys overall revenue from both medical hospitals and psychiatric facilities comes from taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.

    A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation based on interviews with 175 current and former UHS staff, including 18 executives who ran UHS hospitals; more than 120 additional interviews with patients, government investigators, and other experts; and a cache of internal documents raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients.

    Universal Health Services market capitalization dropped to $10.7 billion today from $12.3 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Fear that expense could return if Obamacare is repealed hammered hospital stocks on Nov. 9. HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCA) fell almost 11%. Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) slipped nearly 7%. And Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC) plummeted almost 25%.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Universal Health Services (UHS) slumped to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after getting downgraded by Raymond James.

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    Universal Health Servicesdropped 6.8% to $101.55 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.8% to 2,253.28.

    Raymond James analyst John Ransom and team explain why they cut Universal Health Services to Market Perform from Outperform:

    We are lowering our rating onUniversal Health Services to a Market Perform (from an Outperform) due to an escalation in events surrounding last weeks Buzzfeed article. Last Friday (12/9), Senator Grassley, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter…to the office of inspector general regarding details of the current federal investigation into Universal Health Services. Specifically, the letter rehashes the Buzzfeed article and requests an update on the investigation by Dec. 23. Our view is that – even ifUniversal Health Services management is correct on the legalities – we think the entrance of the venerable Senator Grassley into the mix takes the political risk to a more dangerous level. Plus – even if “suicide ideation” doesn’t generate additional revenues per admission, we think it’s possible that the heightened political scrutiny could invite more caution and/or red tape into the admissions process – either externally or from self-policing. Add in the ongoing OIG investigation, and we think the risk-reward is no longer compelling.

    Universal Health Services’ market capitalization fell to $9.8 billion today from $10.6 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) lost 8.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1/99.81 after closing Tuesday at $108.99. The 52-week high is $139.77. Volume of around 5.8 million was nearly 6 times the daily average of around 1 million shares traded. Raymond James downgraded the stock this morning on news of another request for information from the company related to a federal investigation.

stock market returns: Progress Software Corporation(PRGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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

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stock market returns: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Paulson picked up 45,500 shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) . The stake is worth $3.5 million as of the end of the second quarter.

    St. Jude Medical develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices for cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, atrial fibrillation therapy areas and neurostimulation medical devices for the management of chronic pain. It has a $23.6 billion market cap and trades at a P/E of 36.03. 

stock market returns: Natus Medical Incorporated(BABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long on small cap healthcare products and services stock Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY):

stock market returns: Abbott Laboratories(ABT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Abbott Laboratories (ABT) , Dycom Industries (DY) and Howard Hughes (HHC) .

    Cramer was bearish on Headwaters (HW) , EnergySolutions (ES) , Western Refining (WNR) and Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP) .

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    AbbVie has distributed a significant amount of its earnings in the form of dividends (~60 percent) since the company spun off from Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) in 2013. The company appears to be trading at a 10 percent discount to fair value when applying similar assumptions in the 5-year dividend discount model as shown below.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Finally, and as the icing on the cake, Wall Street uncovered via a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) sold 44 million shares of Mylan stock at $41.60, reducing its remaining position in the company to 25.75 million shares, or about 4.8% of its outstanding shares. Considering all the issues Mylan has had recently, the fact that Abbott substantially pared its large holding in the company is a bit worrisome.

highest stock

Grand Forks, ND, based Investment company Alerus Financial Na buys SPDR S&P 500, Procter & Gamble Co, The Estee Lauder, Masco, SPDR Series Trust Homebuilders, Mondelez International, Xcel Energy, iShares MSCI Emerging Index Fund, Schwab US Dividend Equity, sells Apple, Coca-Cola Co, Boeing Co, Comcast, McKesson during the 3-months ended 2017-03-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Alerus Financial Na. As of 2017-03-31, Alerus Financial Na owns 119 stocks with a total value of $625 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

New Purchases: EL, XEL, EEM, SCHD, Added Positions: SPY, AGG, IWR, PG, MAS, XHB, MDLZ, PEP, IWM, VNQ, Reduced Positions: AAPL, KO, BA, CMCSA, MCK, VCIT, DHR, PM, PCLN, AGN, Sold Out: ATAX, BIVV,

For the details of ALERUS FINANCIAL NA’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=ALERUS+FINANCIAL++NA

These are the top 5 holdings of ALERUS FINANCIAL NAVanguard S&P 500 (VOO) – 335,180 shares, 11.61% of the total portfolio. iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond (AGG) – 500,940 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 5.68%iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) – 182,587 shares, 4.02% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.70%iShares Russell Mid-Cap (IWR) – 129,123 shares, 3.87% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 11.23%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 102,526 shares, 3.87% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 28.41%New Purchase: The Estee Lauder Companies Inc (EL)

Alerus Financial Na initiated holdings in The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. The purchase prices were between $77.33 and $86.53, with an estimated average price of $82.63. The stock is now traded at around $87.47. The impact to the portfolio due to this purchase was 0.26%. The holdings were 19,282 shares as of 2017-03-31.

highest stock: Pain Therapeutics(PTIE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

highest stock: HTC CORPORATION (HTCXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Kretzmann]

    I expect a lot of talk this week about virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) — relatively new computing platforms that carry the potential to transform how people interact with technology. At present, there is no clear winner yet with either of these emerging platforms. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)has Oculus, and Google is doing its part with Daydream. Another key player in the virtual reality landscape is HTC(NASDAQOTH:HTCXF) Vive, which recently hosted an event showcasing the company’s latest developments in VR.

highest stock: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Yet another stock experiencing a correction after the bell was Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR), which lost 2.75 percent in after-hours, after having gained 4.5 percent during the day.

highest stock: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emily Stewart]

    Paulson picked up 45,500 shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) . The stake is worth $3.5 million as of the end of the second quarter.

    St. Jude Medical develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices for cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, atrial fibrillation therapy areas and neurostimulation medical devices for the management of chronic pain. It has a $23.6 billion market cap and trades at a P/E of 36.03.