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Best Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018

I read your article about health savings accounts and have a question. I have been fully funding my HSA, paying medical expenses out of pocket and planning to reimburse myself in the future with tax-free HSA dollars. Recently, my employer switched to an HSA provider that only offers a low-interest savings account and no other investing options. Are there other options for investing the money?

See Also: 50 Ways to Cut Your Health Care Costs

You aren’t trapped by your employer’s limited investing options. As long as you have an HSA-eligible health insurance policy (with a deductible of at least $1,300 for individual coverage or $2,600 for family coverage in 2016), you can contribute to an HSA with any account administrator, whether it is offered through your employer or it is an HSA you sign up for on your own. But if your employer only lets you contribute to one administrator’s HSA through payroll deduction, it’s usually best to continue making new contributions to that account, even if it doesn’t have the best long-term investing options.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sealed Air Corporation(SEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Celanese (NYSE: CE) and Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Franklin Covey Company(FC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Osmium Partners, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Osmium+Partners%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Osmium Partners, LLCRosetta Stone Inc (RST) – 1,912,104 shares, 16.55% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 3.7%Tucows Inc (TCX) – 333,179 shares, 12.28% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.62%Franklin Covey Co (FC) – 618,000 shares, 10.94% of the total portfolio. Franklin Covey Co (FC) – 580,490 shares, 10.28% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 9.77%Leaf Group Ltd (LF

Best Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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

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Best Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Orchids Paper Products Company(TIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares rose 35.8 percent to $4.55.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) gained 28.8 percent to $1.04. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares surged 19.1 percent to $33.00 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) gained 14.9 percent to $37.22 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares climbed 14 percent to $17.90 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) climbed 14 percent to $7.12 following strong quarterly results.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 13.6 percent to $8.25.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 11.8 percent to $3.34. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) gained 11.6 percent to $40.99 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 11.2 percent to $4.9363.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 10.5 percent to $11.23 after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX) rose 10.2 percent to $30.86. Sidoti & Co. upgraded Systemax from Neutral to Buy.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) surged 9.2 percent to $7.13. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7

Best Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tiffany & Co.(TIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    HSBC’s top stocks list is mostly dominated by large-cap plays that happen to pay attractive dividend yields. More importantly, the stocks already have a decent amount of momentum behind them: the average one-month performance is +5.5%. 

    Baker Hughes (BHGE) Tiffany & Co. (TIF) The Mosaic Company (MOS) Deutsche Telekom Schneider Electric Adidas (ADDYY) Unicredit  CRH (CRH) Luftansa  GlaxosmithKline (GSK) Associated British Foods   Fresnillo China Construction Bank China Overseas Land & Inv. Geely Automobile Holdings CRCC China Resources Beer Samsung Electronic Sasol Adani Ports and SEZ

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Eagle Investment Management LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) by 0.8% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 3,798,751 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 29,056 shares during the period. First Eagle Investment Management LLC owned 3.06% of Tiffany & Co. worth $370,986,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) which traded down 5% at $97.51. The stocks 52-week range is $84.15 to $111.44. Volume was 7.8 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.3 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Look for Tiffany & Co.’s (NYSE: TIF) fiscal fourth-quarter report on Friday. The consensus forecast is $1.64 in EPS on $1.31 billion in revenue. Shares last traded at $101.76. The consensus price target is $111.88, and shares have traded between $84.15 and $111.44 in the past 52 weeks.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of TransAlta (TSE:TA) (NYSE:TAC) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eight brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is C$8.25.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TransAlta (NYSE: TAC) is one of 69 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare TransAlta to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk and dividends.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018

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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 3 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), 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 Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP).

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.(RH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    RH (NYSE: RH) was down, falling around 26 percent to $42.14. RH reported in-line earnings for its first quarter, but lowered its earnings forecast for the year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Smallcap home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware orRH (NYSE: RH) reportedQ3 2017 earnings after the market closed Tuesday that beat expectations and sent shares to near all time highs in after hours trading.Net revenues increased 8% to $592.473 millionon top of a 3% increase last year despite an approximate 1% negative impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Comparable brand revenues increased 6% compared to a 6% decrease last year. GAAP net income increased to $13.2 million (despite a negative impact of approximately $1.3 million from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and includes a positive impact of approximately $2.5 million related to a lower effective tax rate) versusGAAP net income of $2.5 million last year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Bed Bath & Beyond in a steady decline since around early 2015 while small capPier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR)has performed worst,small capRestoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH) is back up amidst volatility andmid capWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM)is backto breakeven:

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Steelcase Inc.(SCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    These changes all emanate from the Ford Smart Mobility unit. Who ran that unit? New incoming Ford CEO Jim Hackett. Before joining Ford Mobility, Hackett was the corporate CEO of Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS), where he transformed the company from a humdrum maker of desks to a designer of flexible, output-enhancing workspaces.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) shares dropped 14 percent to $14.10 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and issued a weak outlook for the second quarter.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) was raised to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James.

    SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets. Shares were indicated up 6% at $3.54 on Thursday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) shares shot up 5 percent to $15 as the company reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter.

    Shares of Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $9.71. Nabriva Therapeutics announced a $80 million common stock offering.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: Durect Corporation(DRRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday's regular session.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2018: MGC Diagnostics Corporation(MGCD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) is projected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

    Lands’ End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $293.24 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) shares shot up 24 percent to $10.94 after the company agreed to be acquired by Altus Capital Partners for $11.03 per share in cash.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) shares shot up 24 percent to $10.92 after the company agreed to be acquired by Altus Capital Partners for $11.03 per share in cash.

Best Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018

The Affordable Care Act (better known as “Obamacare”) has completely rearranged the healthcare chessboard and left many wanting, frustrated and confused, especially now that its future has become less clear. And I think it’s safe to say that the real beneficiaries of the ACA have been the insurance companies.

As Washington tries to remedy the problems, we are still stuck with the No. 1 problem: How can we deliver low-cost healthcare to middle income families that are being buried with high insurance premiums and a scant provider network that changes year to year?

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One solution that would make sense is for a national clinic and pharmacy to merge with an insurance company. This is exactly what the proposed CVS (NYSE: CVS)/Aetna (NYSE: AET) merger would provide. Not only would this merger be a good thing for a large segment of the American populous, it will certainly be a good thing for CVS.

Best Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 3 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP).

Best Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: JP Energy Partners LP(JPEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=ArcLight+Capital+Partners%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLCEnable Midstream Partners LP (ENBL) – 43,585,926 shares, 67.58% of the total portfolio. American Midstream Partners LP (AMID) – 13,977,709 shares, 19.28% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 230.89%TransMontaigne Partners LP (TLP) – 3,166,704 shares, 13.14% of the total portfolio. JP Energy Partners LP (JPEP) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%Added: Am

Best Penny Stocks To Watch For 2018: Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.(ENT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Global Eagle Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: ENT) were down around 31 percent to $4.30. Global Eagle named Jeff Leddy as Chief Executive Officer. Dave Davis resigned as CEO effective February 20, 2017.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) dropped about 1.4% Tuesday, to post a new 52-week low of $14.29 after closing at $14.49 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.92. Volume was about 7 times the daily average of around 420,000 shares. The company’s CEO and CFO both resigned unexpectedly this morning.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018

There has been a recent pullback in tech stocks, particularly in the chip sector and this has prompted me to look for some buying opportunities. This pullback gave me an opportunity to buy Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (GOOGL), Applied Materials (AMAT) and Micron Technology (MU), which I think are inexpensive large cap tech stocks, but I also have been looking for even bigger bargains in much smaller companies. At the end of each year, I sift through many small cap stocks to find bargains that have been hit by end-of-the-year tax-loss selling. With all this in mind, a stock I have been watching for quite a while now seems to be a great year-end buy, due to the recent tech stock pullback and tax-loss selling. This stock appears significantly undervalued, the balance sheet is very strong, growth is expected to increase significantly, and it could be poised for a significant rebound as tax-loss selling fades. Let’s take a closer look below:

Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) is a small but high potential tech company that is based in Fremont, California. This company makes systems that can burn-in and functionally test chip devices such as digital signal processors, microprocessors, microcontrollers, sensors, optical devices and more. The products made by this company reduce the cost of testing and perform reliability screening for many electronic devices which are becoming increasingly important in our everyday lives. The trend towards self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, robotics, and mobility are likely to lead to secular growth for many semiconductor firms and the companies that supply them.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Arch Coal, Inc. (ARCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The VanEck Vectors Coal ETF has gained 1.1% to $12.28 at 2:01 p.m. today, while Arch Coal (ARCH), which resumed listed trading yesterday after emerging from bankruptcy, has fallen 3% to $62.98.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Apogee Enterprises, Inc.(APOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Let me introduce you to Apogee Enterprises (APOG) a company with “yuge” profit potential. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, APOG designs and develops glass solutions for commercial buildings.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: OMNOVA Solutions Inc.(OMN)

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 Lisa Levin]

    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $5.97 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 earnings.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) were down 14 percent to $8.64 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q3 earnings.

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) was down, falling around 8 percent to $3.68. Greenridge Global downgraded SORL Auto Parts from Buy to Hold.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The oil services industry was one of the hardest hit energy segments during the collapse of the oil market. But incredibly, oil & gas driller Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) raised its quarterly dividend as recently as August.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The energy sector is feeling the pinch of low oil and natural gas prices, which has been a headwind for oil field services industry stalwart Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) and dragged down investor sentiment for midstream sector players Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) and Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL). But each of these companies has a long history of increasing dividends annually, which means that the bad news today is likely to be good news for dividend lovers looking for big yields.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), 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 Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 3 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 2 percent.

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The US government balance sheet features $80 trillion to $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities. This amount stems from future entitlement program burdens that are, in effect, government promises.

No one is going to vote to reduce their entitlements. (Well, other than the very well-off, who dont actually need those entitlements.)

Unfunded pension liabilities at the state and local have swollen to roughly $4$6 trillion in the United States. And that may be understating the severity of the problem.

Kentucky Is an Example of How Severe This Problem Is

Its easy to cite Illinois or New Jersey, but lets look at a state like Kentucky.

The State of Kentucky released a remarkably candid self-appraisal of their pension liability issues earlier this year. If you optimistically (and unrealistically) assume between 6.75%7.5% compounded returns for the future, Kentucky still ends up $33 billion underfunded.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: ServiceNow, Inc.(NOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW) had a director at the enterprise cloud-based solutions provider selling stock last week. Frederic Luddy sold a total of 101,500 sharesat $76.84 apiece. The total for the sale was $7,799,376. The consensus price target is $93.41, and shares were trading last Friday at $76.02.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    You’d be hard pressed to find a quieter tech leader than ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW).

    That’s likely because hardly anyone pays attention to IT services companies besides their customers. After all, the digital “plumbing” found in corporate campuses and skyscrapers is not as exciting as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies… or flying cars.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Stocks are up across the board since the presidential election, boosting the value of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) stock portfolio, but few stocks have rallied as much as Bank of America (NYSE:BAC).

  • [By Matthew Argersinger]

    My take: With none other than Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) also investing in airlines and singing their praises as of late, Gerstner stuck the landing with his United pitch. There’s a definite case to be made that industry conditions have changed for the better, much like they did for the railroads starting more than a decade ago. United may not be the best of the bunch, but you’d do well to take a very close look at the industry. If Gerstner is right, there are multi-bagger opportunities looking down at you from up above.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), in addition to its dozens of businesses, also owns a portfolio of 47 different common stocks, many of which were hand-selected by Buffett himself. And, many of these stocks pay dividends. In fact, from all of the stocks in Berkshire’s portfolio, the company is generating more than $6,700 in dividend income every minute.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    While it’s technically not a pure insurance stock, that’s exactly why I suggest Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) for investors who want a piece of the insurance business.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: McDermott International, Inc.(MDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    McDermott International Inc. (NYSE: MDR) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and lifted its 2016 earnings outlook. McDermott shares jumped 8.45 percent to $4.43 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Theravance Biopharma, Inc.(TBPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The exact date Theravance Biopharma Inc. (TBPH) intends to release a phase 3 update on COPD treatment Revefenacin isnt known. The company simply said in a prior communication with the market it would be sharing an interim look at the trials progress sometime in early Q4.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 3 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.63 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), down 7 percent, and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) down 6 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Morrison has led Campbell Soup since August 2011 and has worked in the food business for more than 30 years, including at Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Nabisco, Nestle SA (ADR) (OTC: NSRGY) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP).

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of consumer-products company Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) increased as much as 7.4% on Wednesday on speculation thatKraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC)could acquire the company. Colgate stock finished the trading day up about 5.7%.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Berkshire’s largest holding, by far, in a public company is Kraft Heinz (NSDQ:KHC). It’s holding value is about $28.5 billion, about 20% of the total holding of all the 48 companies in Berkshire Hathaway’s public companies portfolio. Moreover, Berkshire owns a stake of 26.6% in the company. As such, the performance of KHC’s stock will have a significant influence on Berkshire’s future results.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) said it would divest its 145-year-old margarine and spreads business, part of a broad restructuring in the wake of a spurned takeover approach by Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC): Link

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kraft Heinz (KHC) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after making a $143 billion bid for Unilever (UL).

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    Kraft Heinzgained 11% to $96.65 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,351.16. Unilever jumped 14% to $48.53.

    Bernstein’s Ali Dibadj considers Kraft Heinz’s offer for Unilver:

    The initial offer, which was rejected, provided an +18% premium to Unilever’s share price, while deals across the space typically go for roughly ~30%. While we have always speculated that Kraft-Heinz might go after Unilever’s Food business, today marks an interesting development as it has chosen to pursue the entire business, which is roughly ~60% HPC and ~40% Food. Key categories include laundry detergent, deodorant, and shampoo in HPC and ice cream, sauces/spreads, and tea in Food. Unilever’s business also has broad global exposure. Some have suggested that KHC may spin off Unilever’s HPC business. However, we believe this is unlikely to happen initially, as it makes up the majority of the business (~60% sales and EBIT) and has a more attractive growth profile compared to Food.

    Kraft Heinz’s market capitalization rose to $117.7 billion today from $106.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $4.2 billion on sales of $26.5 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.(FBHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday’s regular session.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Ternium S.A.(TX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Ternium SA (NYSE:TX) jumped on Wednesday: up more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST. While the steelmaker reported weaker-than-expected earnings after the closing bell yesterday, it provided optimistic guidance and announced a compelling acquisition.