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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

It wasn’t just Apple shares that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was gobbling up in the first three months of the year.

The billionaire investor also more than doubled his stake in generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and boosted his holdings in agriculture products giant Monsanto.

Teva shares, which Berkshire started buying in the final quarter of 2017, jumped 3% to $21 in early trading Wednesday. It’s not uncommon for stocks to rise in value after Buffett’s purchase of them is made public. 

The moves in Buffett’s closely watched Berkshire stock portfolio were revealed in a quarterly regulatory filing that provided an update on holdings through March 31.

Ahead of Berkshire’s annual meeting on May 5, Buffett revealed that he had purchased nearly 75 million shares of Apple stock. That was confirmed in the filing released Tuesday night. Berkshire’s total stake in the iPhone maker is now nearly 240 million shares, valued at roughly $44.7 billion as of last night’s closing price of $186.44.  

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: RPX Corporation(RPXC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC lifted its position in RPX Co. (NASDAQ:RPXC) by 32.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 787,377 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 192,430 shares during the period. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC owned about 1.58% of RPX worth $8,417,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of RPX Co. (NASDAQ:RPXC) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $14.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Research Frontiers (NASDAQ: REFR) and RPX (NASDAQ:RPXC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    RPX Co. (NASDAQ:RPXC) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has assigned a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $14.50.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: VIVUS, Inc.(VVUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    But Blink and our other penny stocks to watch are unlikely to continue to lock in such spectacular gains in June. After looking at our 10 top penny stocks to watch this month, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with great profit potential in its future…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Month’s Gain
     Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK) $7.07 439.85%
    Senes Tech Inc. (Nasdaq: SNES) $1.27 175.40%
    Vivis Inc. (Nasdaq: VVUS) $0.77 150.41%
    Adomani Inc. (Nasdaq: ADOM) $1.49 137.68%
    NF Energy Saving Co. (Nasdaq: NFEC) $2.34 134.88%
    Vaalco Energy Inc. (NYSE: EGY) $2.15 109.06%
    Heat Biologics Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX) $2.35 99.12%
    ArQule Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQL) $4.88 90.74%
    LiqTech International Inc. (NYSE: LIQT) $0.66 85.60%
    Transenterix Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) $3.46 77.84%

    While last month’s gains are tremendous, they also illustrate the inherent dangers that come with investing in penny stocks.

  • [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.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news 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. VIVUS earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 47.022479468622 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Canopy has made many acquisitions in order to bulk up its production capacity, and its partnership with Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) has made it stand out from its peers. But Canopy knows that there’s no guarantee that it can effectively integrate acquired companies into its existing operations, and strategic alliances might not work out the way both parties had hoped. For instance, with some speculating that Constellation will eventually acquire Canopy outright, a failure to do so could be disappointing to shareholders of the Canadian cannabis company.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Some of the giants of the budding marijuana industry were among the first to look seriously at CBD-containing beverages. One reason why Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) attracted the attention of Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) for a major investment was that the two companies saw the potential profits from experimenting with drinks containing cannabis-derived ingredients. Similarly, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) has searched for growth opportunities, and reports suggest it could collaborate with Canada’s Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF) to produce a beverage with CBD.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Before the opening bell on Aug. 15, Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), the alcohol giant behind the popular Corona and Modelo beer brands, announced that it would be taking a $3.8 billion equity stake in Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE:CGC) for what was a 51% premium at the time of the announcement. This actually turned out to be Constellation’s third such equity investment in the largest marijuana stock in the world (by market cap), with Constellation gobbling up a 9.9% equity stake in Canopy last October, and a third of its 600 million Canadian dollar convertible note offering in June. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Traders purchased shares of Constellation Brands, Inc. Class A (NYSE:STZ) on weakness during trading on Friday. $148.34 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $53.02 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $95.32 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Constellation Brands, Inc. Class A had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. Constellation Brands, Inc. Class A traded down ($0.56) for the day and closed at $208.20

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) has the wind at its back. The alcoholic beverage giant recently announced quarterly earnings results that edged past management’s sales and profit expectations thanks to robust demand for its imported beer franchises.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apogee Enterprises, Inc.(APOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The price of Bitcoin surged more than 17% to top $8,000 in a rapid move that surprised many investors this morning. The sudden rally appears to be the result of a short squeeze, according to CNBC contributor Brian Kelly. This means that investors who had been betting on a decline in the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency had been forced to jump back and buy the currency again. A lot of people have been betting on a decline in the price of Bitcoin heading toward the April 17 tax deadline. The expectation is that many people will need to sell their Bitcoin in order to raise cash to meet tax obligations. Here’s our latest daily insight on why the Bitcoin bear market may end very soon.
    Markets gains have been capped by concerns about the latest news out of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting indicated that policy makers are prepared to raise interest rates several more times in the coming months in order to stave off concerns about inflation.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: BLK, FB, DAL
    Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) are on the move after the company reported earnings before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $6.70. Analysts projected the firm would report EPS of $6.45 on top of $3.28 billion in revenue. The firm topped revenue expectations. The firm noted that an increase in its consulting fees and the recent tax reform bill helped bolster its profitability by 27%.
    The stock of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has climbed more than 6% since Tuesday. Investors cheered the testimony of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared before Congress for two days to discuss his company’s privacy policies. The CEO and his firm have been under intense scrutiny since news broke that 87 million user accounts had been accessed without permission by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 election season. The firm had ties to President Trump’s campaign.
    Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) reported ea

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ:APOG) has benefited greatly from the rebound in construction activity recently, which has helped the architectural glass and framing specialist bounce back from difficult conditions in past years. Yet despite solid business conditions throughout 2017, Apogee stock has struggled as investors seemed to question whether its growth path was sustainable.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Apogee Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:APOG) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the seven research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $53.50.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Money Morning Special Situation Strategist Tim Melvin provides his latest list of stocks that will help you get rich… and stay rich. Check them out right here.

    Stocks to Watch Today: V, MA, AAPL, GOOGL
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) and Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) are under the microscope this morning. Both payment processing giants have signed a settlement agreement over a merchant lawsuit filed back in 2005, but originally settled in 2012 over merchant swiping fees. Visa will pay an additional $600 million to the original settlement. Mastercard will pay an additional $108 million. Although President Trump plans to hit China with new tariffs, at least one company won’t face the full cost: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). According to reports, the Apple Watch is among a list of consumer tech gadgets that will receive exemptions from the latest round of tariffs on imports. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) announced it will install its Android operating system into automobiles manufactured by Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Renault. The operating system – set for distribution in 2021 – will include Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play. The three manufacturers combined sold 10.6 million vehicles in 2017. Look for earnings reports from AutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO), General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS), Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL), and Apogee Enterprises Inc. (Nasdaq: APOG).

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ:APOG) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) recently stumbled after the Chinese tech company posted soft fourth-quarter numbers. Its non-GAAP revenue rose 14% annually to $570.4 million but missed expectations by $3 million. On a GAAP basis, its revenue also rose 14% to $573 million.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    SINA (NASDAQ:SINA), one of China’s oldest internet companies, generates nearly 80% of its revenues from the social network Weibo (NASDAQ:WB). It spun off Weibo in 2014, but maintained a majority voting stake in the company. The rest of its revenue come from its network of portal sites and its fledgling fintech business.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) and Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) have both tumbled this year, mainly due to escalating trade tensions between the United States and China. Yet their sell-offs seem overdone, since both tech companies are well insulated from a potential trade war.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of SINA Corp. (NASDAQ:SINA) were down 10.2% as of 3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday despite strong first-quarter 2018 results from the Chinese internet media company.

  • [By Leo Sun, Jamal Carnette, CFA, and Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Leo Sun (SINA): Many Chinese tech stocks were crushed over the past year by decelerating growth forecasts and escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China. However, that sell-off also reduced the valuations of some solid growth stocks to value-stock levels.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Yesterday, small cap Chinese broadband stockUTStarcom Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: UTSI) rose 29.02% and is still rising in after hours / premarket trading 5.32%, but now the stock is starting to look overbought on the technical charts:

Small cap UTStarcom is a global telecom infrastructure provider dedicated to developing technology that will serve the rapidly growing demand for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming, and other applications. The Company works with carriers globally, from Asia to the Americas, to meet this demand through a range of innovative broadband packet optical transport and wireless/fixed-line access products and solutions. The Companys end-to-end broadband product portfolio, enhanced through in-house Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based orchestration, enables mobile and fixed-line network operators and enterprises worldwide to build highly efficient and resilient future-proof networks for a range of applications, including mobile backhaul, metro aggregation, broadband access and Wi-Fi data offload. UTStarcoms strategic investments in media operational support service providers expand the Companys capabilities in the field of next generation video platforms. UTStarcom was founded in 1991, started trading on NASDAQ in 2000 withoperating entities in Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; San Jose, USA; Delhi and Bangalore,India; Hangzhou, China.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    The companies that participated in the demo included Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Accenture Plc. (NYSE: ACN), Fujitsu Ltd. (OTCMKTS: FJTSY), and Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCMKTS: DTEGY).

  • [By ]

    But the segment revenue figures make it clear that momentum in areas such as cloud apps/services and security is being offset by pressures within older, non-cloud, software and services businesses in fields such as databases, operating systems, consulting, tech support and business process outsourcing (BPO). And that when one combines the good and the bad, the end-result is a company whose forex-adjusted growth remains noticeably below that of peers such as Microsoft (MSFT) , Accenture (ACN) , SAP (SAP) and Dell Technologies, and for which growing FCF remains a challenge.

  • [By Steve Symington, Maxx Chatsko, and Brian Feroldi]

    To that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they think you would be wise to purchase and hold for the next 50 years. Read on to see why they like Corning (NYSE:GLW), Accenture (NYSE:ACN), and A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS).

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF (MDY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet when it comes to investing, reward often comes from being willing to take on risk. Over the past 10 years, investors who’ve been willing to look at smaller companies have seen much stronger returns than those who’ve stuck with the tried-and-true big names that are more familiar to them. When you look at exchange-traded funds tracking indexes composed of companies of different sizes — SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEMKT:SPY) for large companies, SPDR S&P Midcap 400 (NYSEMKT:MDY) for midsize companies, and SPDR S&P SmallCap 600 (NYSEMKT:SLY) for small companies — you can put a number on just how much better smaller stocks have done:

  • [By ]

    Yet when it comes to investing, reward often comes from being willing to take on risk. Over the past 10 years, investors who’ve been willing to look at smaller companies have seen much stronger returns than those who’ve stuck with the tried-and-true big names that are more familiar to them. When you look at exchange-traded funds tracking indexes composed of companies of different sizes SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEMKT: SPY) for large companies, SPDR S&P Midcap 400 (NYSEMKT: MDY) for midsize companies and SPDR S&P SmallCap 600 (NYSEMKT: SLY) for small companies you can put a number on just how much better smaller stocks have done:

Best Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    New health-conscious beer Corona Premier and its sister new brand Corona Familiar are off to a good start and look like they’ll serve as positives for parent company Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ) , Wells Fargo Securities analysts said Tuesday in a research note. The analysts also reiterated their “Outperform” rating and $270 price target on Constellation shares, which fell 5 cents to close at $221.77.

  • [By ]

    Instead, Cramer suggested GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) as a safer alternative, along with Constellation Brands (STZ) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding that recently took a stake in a Canadian cannabis grower.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) will report its fiscal third-quarter results before Friday’s opening bell. The consensus estimates are EPS of $1.88 and revenue of $1.87 billion. Shares closed most recently at $223.30, in a 52-week range of $144.00 to $229.41. The consensus price target is $237.58.

  • [By ]

    Constellation Brands (STZ) : “This stock’s been coming down and I don’t think that’s right.”

    Zendesk (ZEN) : “Companies love working with them. I like ServiceNow (NOW) but this could be one of our cloud kings too.”

Best Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now

November 30, 2017: Markets opened higher Thursday and the DJIA blew through 24,000 for the first time ever. As the U.S. Senate moves to approve the tax cut bill, spirits improve among investors. Energy and industrials were Thursday’s leading sectors, but no sector appears headed for a lower close on the day. WTI crude oil for January delivery settled at $57.40 a barrel, up just 10 cents for the day following OPEC’s announcement of an extension to the current production cuts through the end of next year. February gold dropped 0.7% on the day to settle at $1,276.70. Equities were headed for a higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 1.24% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.72%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.56%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Thursday was United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) which traded up 2.86% at $121.54. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.85 to $124.79 Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The announced the hiring of a new chief technology office, Paul Eremenko, who comes from Google by way of Airbus.

Best Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Then on Thursday, Constellation Brands (STZ) reports, and as we learned yesterday, this is Cramer’s favorite liquor stock. Also on Thursday, earnings from Nike (NKE) , a battleground Cramer said he’s steering clear of, and Micron Technology (MU) , which will likely fall no matter how good its quarter.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    As the stock market has rallied sinceDonald Trump’s election in November, Constellation Brands (STZ) has basically sat it out, weighed down by concerns that a new tax plan would hurt the multinational alcoholic beverage company’s profits.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Najarian also noticed big upside call options buying in Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ). Around 5,000 contracts of the January 240 calls were traded and he decided to follow the trade. He added that he also likes Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT) for upside calls buying.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer also checked in with Rob Sands, president and CEO of Constellation Brands (STZ) , the wine and spirits maker that just posted a 24-cents-a-share earnings beat on inline revenues, but saw shares fall 7% on fears Donald Trump may impose an import tax on the company’s products, notably Corona, which hails from Mexico.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) will report its fiscal third-quarter results before Friday’s opening bell. The consensus estimates are EPS of $1.88 and revenue of $1.87 billion. Shares closed most recently at $223.30, in a 52-week range of $144.00 to $229.41. The consensus price target is $237.58.

Best Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Atlantic Power Corporation(AT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.24 percent to 16,960.40 while the NASDAQ declined 0.38 percent to 4,656.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.17 percent to 1,985.91.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) down 1 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares slipped by 0.02 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia de Saneamento Basico (ADR) (NYSE: SBS), down 3 percent, and Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 3 percent.

Best Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.(PSTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PSTI) shares dropped 20 percent to $1.12. Pluristem disclosed that it has increased its bought deal offering to $15 million of stock and warrants.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11

Monsanto, Rite Aid and More Earnings Kicking Off the New Year

The year is coming to an end and the markets are holding near all-time highs not a bad way to start 2018. While most people are taking vacations during this time, we might not expect to see many companies reporting earnings until later in January. However there are a few big names coming out this week to kick off the new year.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of some of the top companies reporting their latest results in the coming week. We have included the consensus earnings estimates from Thomson Reuters, as well as the stock price and trading history for these companies ahead of the report.

Keep in mind that estimates may change ahead of the report.

Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) fiscal third-quarter report is scheduled for late on Wednesday. Consensus estimates are calling for a net loss of $0.02 per share and $7.45 billion in revenue. The shares closed trading at $1.97 apiece on Friday. The consensus price target is $2.11, and the 52-week trading range is $1.38 to $8.77.

Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) is expected to share its most recent quarterly numbers first thing Thursday. Analysts are looking for $0.42 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.77 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $116.78 apiece, in a 52-week range of $104.77 to $122.80. The consensus price target is $125.18.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) also is set to release its most recent quarterly results Thursday morning. The consensus forecast calls for $1.26 in EPS on $30.42 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $72.62. The consensus price target is $85.67, and the 52-week range is $63.82 to $89.69.

And Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) will report its fiscal third-quarter results before Friday’s opening bell. The consensus estimates are EPS of $1.88 and revenue of $1.87 billion. Shares closed most recently at $223.30, in a 52-week range of $144.00 to $229.41. The consensus price target is $237.58.

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) management and the car company’s new initiatives have been nearly ubiquitous the past few days. First with the goal of a fully autonomous car by 2021. Then the shifting of small car production to Mexico (which Donald Trump did not like). Also, a rock star video of company management. The markets have not been impressed. Ford’s shares have dropped over 4% in the five days, and 14% year to date (the S&P is up over 4% for the same period).

The reason for the drop is anxiety about Ford’s present, and the fact that its future endeavors look like those of many other large global manufacturers. Ford’s U.S. sales are up only 1.7% so far this year to 1,773,849. Ford brand car sales are down 11.3% to 478,777 for the same period. There is rising evidence that the recently red-hot American market has peaked.

Ford’s position in Europe is a very modest 6.6% of the EU market, and is not gaining. China is the world’s largest car market. Ford lags badly there well behind GM and Volkswagen. Ford’s market share is pegged below 4% well behind the two market leaders each of which has almost 15%. Every large car company is devoting substantial investment to catch pieces of the Chinese market. In the meantime, the growth of car sales in the country appears to have slowed.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Here are the number of stores at the end of the third quarter of 2016 compared to the number of stores in 2007:

    J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP): 1,014 vs. 1,067. Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS): 1,155 vs. 929. Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M): 880 vs. 853. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN): 348 vs. 157. TJX Companies Inc (NYSE: TJX): 582 vs. 2,500. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT)*: 4,574 vs. 4,141.

    Source: SEC Filings

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    2017 Retail Death No. 2: Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): Kohl’s slashed its full-year forecast of earnings per share to $3.60-$3.65 just yesterday (Jan. 5) – down from $3.80-$4.00 roughly two months ago in November 2016. Its reason for doing so was comparable holiday sales, which fell 2.7% in 2016 from fourth-quarter 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The trifecta of headwinds that plagued UA last year (overexposure to sporting goods, overexposure to NA, and overexposure to performance apparel) has not abated, in our opinion. While UA is working to diversify its channel mix as evidenced by its recent entry into Kohl’s (KSS) (and forthcoming entry into DSW (DSW) and Famous Footwear later this year), our checks suggest the apparel segmentation efforts have fallen short of expectations. In addition, we are concerned about the lackluster trends in footwear (and Curry) as it is a key element to the growth story. Specifically, we believe the combination of a lack of newness/differentiation in the Curry 3 coupled with too many releases too soon at a higher price point ($140) resulted in tepid Q1 sales. The latest Curry 3Zero release at $120 appears to be doing modestly better. We highly regard the brand and its long-term growth prospects; however, the product and geographic diversification occurring now will take time to yield results. As such, we remain cautious on UA heading into its 1Q17 report on Thursday, April 27 BMO.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: ePlus Inc.(PLUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $284.62 million.

    Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $119.93 million.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.(JAKK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely going in one direction while shares of peers likemid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT)and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have gone in the other direction:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One under-$10 toy player that’s trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Jakks Pacific (JAKK), which is a producer and marketer of children’s toys and other consumer products. This stock has been destroyed by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 60%.

    If you take a look at the chart for Jakks Pacific, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares plunging from its high of $11.75 to its recent low of $4.82 a share. During that downtrend, shares of JAKK have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of JAKK look like they might be ready to see an end to its downside volatility in the short-term if the recent lows can hold. I believe this due to the fact that JAKK has started to move sideways and trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JAKK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.08 to $5.27 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 695,817 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JAKK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.68 to its 50-day moving average at $6.07 a share. Any high-volume move above its 50-day will then put $7 to $8 into range for shares of JAKK.

    Traders can look to buy JAKK off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $4.87 to $4.82 a share. One can also buy JAKK off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely trending upward while shares of peers like mid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT) and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have largely trended downward:

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.(HII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Huntington Ingalls’ (NYSE:HII) Ford-class supercarrier seems one likely suspect — and at $14 billiona pop, this gigantic aircraft carrier offers a big potential target for Trump’s next tweet storm.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is the largest repairer and ship builder for the U.S. Navy and U.S. coast guard, giving the company a near monopoly on these government contracts (which is why their return on equity is north of 27%).

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ), which owns popular beer brands like Corona, is the latest company to realize the profit potential of the legal marijuana industry.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Constellation Brands (STZ) has rallied 4.7% to $169 after beating earnings forecasts and offering optimistic guidance.

    Greenbrier Cos. (GBX) has advanced 2.1% to $48.25 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    As the stock market has rallied sinceDonald Trump’s election in November, Constellation Brands (STZ) has basically sat it out, weighed down by concerns that a new tax plan would hurt the multinational alcoholic beverage company’s profits.