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A decade after the Great Recession, Americans say that the event had no impact on their lives — yet their spending and investing behaviors tell a different story, according to new data from Hartford Funds.

According to a survey of 1,006 American adults, 40% of respondents said that the financial crisis had no impact on their lives. However, the survey also found that large numbers reported that they avoid the market (42%) and have altered their spending and savings habits (46%).

Others (26%) shifted their retirement timeline and plan to work longer then they’d hoped, and 25% had to change jobs or take on additional jobs.

“Americans are forgetting what it felt like during those challenging times of 2008-2011,” said John Diehl, senior vice president of strategic markets at Hartford Funds, in a statement. “These results signify that advisors should continue to remind clients that markets can get turbulent, so they should steer clear of emotional investments and knee-jerk reactions by maintaining a fundamentally diversified portfolio to help them achieve their long-term financial goals.”

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: New Century Bancorp Inc.(NC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $73.85. NACCO Industries disclosed that its subsidiary Hamilton Beach Brands has filed to trade as an independent company. The company announced the retirement of its CEO following Hamilton Beach Brands spin off.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 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 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).

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On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap pharmaceutical stock Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ESPR):

Esperion’s been on our list for a while not, and we finally got the clue we’ve been waiting on for a while. That is, a doji bar that’s noticeably out of character…. higher than the recent bars, in this case. Today’s move should be the last hurrah, so to speak.

That being said, we’d be kidding ourselves if we said the waning bullish volume bars on the way up weren’t part of the rationale here. There aren’t nearly as many buyers as the chart of ESPR would have you believe given its run-up since the beginning of February. The bears were just biding their time to start taking profits, and today’s doji bar should be a pivot.

Our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter has a detailed discussion about small cap Esperion Therapeutics technical chart and a potential shorting strategy:

top cheap stocks to buy now: Scana Corporation(SCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was SCANA Corp. (NYSE: SCG) which traded down over 6% at $42.38. The stocks 52-week range is $41.15 to $74.99. Volume was over 3.5 million versus the daily average of 2.2 million shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 2 percent, and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 2 percent.

  • [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 Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

top cheap stocks to buy now: CRH Medical Corporation(CRHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CRH Medical Corp (NYSE: CRHM) was down, falling around 31 percent to $2.55 after the company disclosed financial and operating results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.

top cheap stocks to buy now: Kelly Services Inc.(KELYA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Milstead]

    One such outfit is Kelly Services (KELYA). The Troy, Mich., company places temporary employees in a variety of fields, such as law, health care, computing and finance. Although recent job reports have been strong, S&P Capital IQ analyst Michael Jaffe sees employers remaining cautious in their hiring practices and using the kind of temporary workers Kelly specializes in. Jaffe says Kelly is his top pick in the staffing sector, and he rates the stock a strong buy.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.

    Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: SSRI) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $96.25 million.

top cheap stocks to buy now: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

top cheap stocks to buy now: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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Dr. Elon Mesmer Entrances the Analysts

Teslas (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO, Elon Musk, and its recently re-appeared CFO, Deepak Ahuja, are splendid hypnotists. At each conference call, they tell the analysts they are feeling sleepy, very sleepy.

So sleepy they can see two things, and two things only, when they stare at Teslas operating and financial results:

(1) Gross Margin

and

(2) Deliveries.

Tesla’s hypnosis trick has been a brilliant success. Many of the so-called “analysts” and even more of the so-called “journalists” have been completely mesmerized. They report on Teslas delivery growth and stratospheric gross margins while altogether ignoring the other metrics:

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By kiplinger]

     Old National Bancorp (ONB) is a 181-year-old financial institution with 195 branches, mainly in the Midwest. The stock, which is still down by about one-third from its prerecession high, trades at just 13 times projected 2016 earnings and yields an attractive 3.4%. If interest rates ever rise, the bank should benefit from a widening spread between its cost of funds and the interest rates borrowers pay.

    It’s a favorite of David Dreman, author of the classic 1980 book Contrarian Investment Strategy. His philosophy: “We believe that the markets are not perfectly efficient.” Some stocks, in other words, are judged by the market to be cheaper than their actual worth.
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).

Best Financial Stocks For 2018: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

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Citigroup (C) topped expectations when it unveiled quarterly financial results today, as did PNC Financial Services Group (PNC) and U.S. Bancorp (USB). Yet Wall Street is punishing bank stocks today.

What gives?

A slew of big financial firms posted earnings today, on the heels of the strong results released yesterday by J.P. Morgan (JPM). Yet the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) fell 0.5% in recent market action. Wells Fargo (WFC) led the charge, falling 2.9% after the company said second quarter profit fell and revenue missed expectations as low interest rates continued to weigh on results.

As for Citigroup, while profit and revenue beat expectations, the banks top line fell 10%. And according to Morningstar analyst Jim Sinegal investors are disappointing that banks have yet to start firing on all cylinders.

There were no big negatives in the quarter, but investors have been looking for banks to fire on all cylinders for a number of years. They want good credit performance and good revenue performance and not much in the way of unusual expenseOn the revenue front, low interest rates are still an overhang.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.(RNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    RenaissanceRe Holdings (RNR) is a global provider of reinsurance, as well as various types of insurance and related services. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bermuda, notes Jack Adamo, editor of Insiders Plus.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

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    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

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    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Euro/Yen(EJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ), a real estate brokerage, gained 9.2 percent to $9.70, extending it advance to a third week. Its American depositary receipts retreated 3.1 percent Sept. 20 from the highest level since May 2011.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.

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What happened

Shares of hotel brand Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) jumped as much as 11.1% in trading Wednesday after reporting first-quarter 2017 earnings. At 3:45 p.m. EDT on Wall Street, shares were still up an impressive 9.6% on the day.

So what

Revenue for the quarter rose just 1% to $1.32 billion, but net income rose 47% from a year ago to $141 million, or $1.33 per share. Adjusted for one-time items, earnings were $1.14 per share, beating Wall Street’s estimate by three cents.

Image source: Getty Images.

Management also said it still expects full-year revenue of $5.80 billion to $5.95 billion and adjusted earnings of $5.98 to $6.18 per share, based on 105.5 million shares outstanding.

Now what

First-quarter results don’t show tremendous growth, but margins are improving slightly, and that’s what had investors pushing shares higher. Keep in mind that growth is still in the low single-digits, and it isn’t expected to pick up significantly soon. With shares trading at 18 times trailing earnings, shares are pretty expensive for a slow-growth stock. For that reason, I’ll sit out today’s pop, but look for opportunities if shares dip to get in at a better value for this hotel industry leader.

best stocks to own: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

best stocks to own: Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SNDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Syndax Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SNDX) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $12.40 after the company reported the advancement of ENCORE 601 in non-small cell lung cancer patients with disease progression on or after PD-1 therapies.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDX) is watching its shares make a handy gain on Wednesday after the firm reported a key agreement. Essentially, the company announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

best stocks to own: PetSmart Inc(PETM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products now roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) is well below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been the best performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) isstill below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been much stronger performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

best stocks to own: 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.

best stocks to own: Taranis Resources Inc. (TNREF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    While this can mean excess volatility on the world markets, a silver lining (pun intended) is that mining companies are growing in market favor. Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCBB: TNREF) (TSE: TRO.V), a mining and mineral exploration company based in Colorado and Vancouver, BC, is well positioned for growth in the current volatile markets, largely due to its Thor Deposit, an advanced-stage gold-silver-lead-zinc-copper mineral deposit that has near-surface mineralization that can be extracted with a low cost, open pit mine. Recent discoveries in The Thor Deposit, which is 100% owned by Taranis (OTCBB: TNREF) (TSE: TRO.V), indicate that the area could be prime for development into a significantly bigger mine.

best stocks to own: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than