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About 10 days ago, I provided an update on the carnage for shares of DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS). Shares continued to plunge following news of the fifth reverse split in 13 months, and I stated that things were likely to get much worse. Unfortunately for investors, shares continue to sink, and the company’s latest filing regarding the Kalani sale shows there is still a long way to go.

As of my previous article, DryShips was set to have about 47 million shares outstanding, along with $188 million worth of shares remaining to be potentially sold in the latest Kalani deal. Even though shares continue to fall, there has not been that much of a change in the latest program as seen in the most recent 6-K filing:

As mutually agreed to by the Company and the Investor, the Company sold (“I”) 797,432 Shares to the Investor, pursuant to a Fixed Request Notice with a Fixed Amount Requested of $5.0 million, following a Pricing Period of April 10, 2017, for a Fixed Request Amount of approximately $1.82 million at a price per share of approximately $2.28 mutually agreed to by the parties, resulting in estimated net proceeds of approximately $1.80 million, after deducting estimated aggregate offering expenses, and (ii) 7,115,017 Shares to the Investor, pursuant to a Fixed Request Notice with a Fixed Amount Requested of $25.0 million, following a Pricing Period from April 11, 2017 to April 17, 2017, for a Fixed Request Amount of approximately $12.71 million at a price per share of approximately $1.79 mutually agreed to by the parties, resulting in estimated net proceeds of approximately $12.58 million, after deducting estimated aggregate offering expenses.

recommended stocks to buy: Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (ICEIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    In May of this year, at the annual Collision Conference, advertising and media executives of the world’s biggest traffic-oriented (and ad-supported) websites asked themselves a crucial question: How do we save online advertising from itself?

    The question itself is a reflection of the new reality of the internet…. it’s become so big, so full, so cross-border, so competitive, and so promotional that it’s become an unwieldy mess. Twenty years ago, click-through rates were greater than 40%. Now they’re a mere 0.6%, as consumers (1) are saturated by marketing messages, and (2) have largely learned that ads don’t lead them to a product or service they care about. Digital advertising simply isn’t what it used to be.

    While the answer to the question “how can digital advertising be saved?” is a complex one, a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) addresses at least one aspect of the question, by doing what the web’s capitalists have failed to figure out how to do well. What’s that? ICEIF understands that an ad has to be relevant to a user no matter where that user is, and that to see an ad at all, a user has to be able to read the web’s content in his or her native language.

    Intelligent Content Enterprises, through its Digital Widget Factory website www.digiwidgy.com, has tackled the aforementioned issue head-on, creating a rich website with a built-in translation tool which displays advertisements and offers unique to that reader’s location, and delivers that marketing message in his or her native language.

    It may sound like a lot of work at first glance. But, it’s worth it.

    Digital industry research outfit Common Sense Advisory reports that of the more than 3 billion internet users worldwide, approximately 73% — 2.2 Billion people — are browsing the web in a language other than English. That’s quite a disparity from the fact that more than 50% of the content on the web is na

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    If there was any doubt that the future of video as a digital medium was here to stay, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) just wiped that doubt away. It’s going to open up its video-sharing platform to anyone — not just vetted creators with huge followings — and split ad revenue with them. In so doing, it now offers a similar deal (though a more generous deal) that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and YouTube also offers video creators.

    It’s just a microcosm of the shape of things to come… or the shape of things as they already are. Last year was the first year internet users spent more time watching videos online than they did engaged in social media, averaging more one hour and sixteen minutes of video viewing per day.

    Perhaps more important, the amount of ad revenue the likes of Facebook, and now Twitter, generate via online video is small, but growing very fast. The total ad spend allocated for digital video has jumped from 2.4% in 2013 to 4.4% today, and that’s expected to double again in two years.

    Yet, for as much revenue as online video can drive and as big as it’s gotten, the ad-display technology remains alarmingly inelegant, even or veteran players like YouTube and Facebook. This clunky display of ads — and Twitter will likely keep it clunky, at least initially — increasingly makes a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) not just well-positioned, but a potential acquisition target.

    Intelligent Content Enterprises has developed a tool called Clix Video(tm), which the company described as a way to enable “digital and mobile viewers to instantaneously connect to web and mobile sites by clicking on custom interactive tags within the video broadcasts to make social media connections, to review extra and exclusive content and make online and mobile purchases directly via the video broadcast providing a richer, deeper consumer experience related to the video content. “

    In English, it just means Clix Vide

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    In hindsight, June’s news from Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) should come as no surprise. In May the organization announced it was buying Catch Star Studios LLC for the purpose of creating its own sports-related television shows that would be aired by broadcast as well as online. Now it’s begun creating that television content, following in the footsteps of much bigger original-content creators such as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).

    What might comes as a surprise to existing and potential ICEIF shareholders, however, is how big highly-focused original television programming is now that the lines between the internet and cable television have not only been crossed, but erased.

    May wasn’t just a pivotal month for Intelligent Content Enterprises because it’s when the acquisition of Catch Star Studios was put into motion. May was also the month Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reported some stunning results of a new study about digital video-viewing habits and preferences. The key findings? Regular viewers of original digital video programming in the U.S. have grown from 45 million in 2013 to 63 million, and the advertisements displayed via a digital broadcast of such programming are liked and remembered by far more viewers than they are when part of a conventional cable television broadcast.

    Said another way as far as advertisers are concerned, the world wide web is the new cable television. That’s not to say cable television has become irrelevant. Savvy content makers are now doing both, while also making a point of creating their own customized content now that the fight for viewers has gotten brutal.

    Take Netflix as an example. It has a pair of smash hits with its self-produced ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards.’ Amazon.com is getting into the game too, with its ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ recently being awarded two Golden Globes.

    This same paradigm shift h

recommended stocks to buy: Culp, Inc.(CFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our analysis around past CEO transitions shows that in the absence of an inherited bubble, or milked portfolio, both of which are factually absent here when looking at the numbers, balance sheet matters ((Danaher (DHR)) from Culp (CFI) to Joyce/3M (MMM) from Buckley to Thulin), and here incoming CEO Adamczyk has a bazooka at his disposal, a dramatic differentiator. With these resources, stepping away from the 10% EPS growth target would be unnecessarily conservative, and a major misstep early on, as we see plenty of smart ways to enhance long term growth while at the same time maintaining earnings visibility, the most important determinant of a premium multiple in this sector. Honeywell is our top pick.

recommended stocks to buy: Allstate Corporation (The)(ALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Wells Fargo analysts see a number of upside catalysts for The Allstate Corporation (ALL), plus a positive trend for automobile insurers as a whole. As such, the analysts upgraded the insurance provider on Thursday.

    The analysts upgraded ALL from “Market Perform” to “Outperform” and boosted its valuation range from $48-$52 to $58-$62. This new valuation range suggests a 16% to 24% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $50.11.

    “We are upgrading the shares of Allstate to Outperform from Market Perform on the basis of several fundamental reasons unique to the company as well as several positive, emerging structural trends for auto insurers in general,” Wells Fargo analyst John Hall stated. “We do not believe that the market has yet paid for potential unit growth within Allstate’s branded standard book of auto insurance, something we envision occurring over the next 6-12 months.”

    As for some of the positive personal auto insurance sector trends, Hall noted, “These would include shifting demographics toward a safer driving population mix (more old drivers and fewer young drivers), changing driving habits particularly among millennials, a safer U.S. personal auto fleet, rising car sales pointing to positive symbol shift as well as industry conditions encouraging market share consolidation.”

    Wells Fargo boosted Allstate’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.62 to $4.85 and 2014 EPS estimates from $4.85 to $5.20.

    Allstate shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading on Thursday. The stock is up 24.74% year-to-date.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Credit Suisse reported on Thursday that it has raised its estimates on insurance company The Allstate Corporation (ALL).

    The firm has raised its price target on ALL to $62. This price target suggests a 16% upside from the stock’s current price of $52.23. Analysts currently have an “Outperform” rating on ALL.

    Credit Suisse has also boosted estimates on ALL as its management is increasing returns.

    Allstate shares were up 32 cents, or 0.62%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 30% YTD.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

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recommended stocks to buy: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Overvalued companies include MWI Veterinary (MWIV) andStericycle (SRCL), while companies with attractive valuations include Cardinal Health (CAH), Selected Medical (SEM). He’s not a fan of Intrexon (XON) but callsAratana (PETX) a “hidden gem.”

recommended stocks to buy: Markel Corporation(MKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Markel (NYSE:MKL) has been referred to as a mini-Berkshire many times, and for good reason. The company uses the same general business model as Warren Buffett does at Berkshire, using the cash from its insurance businesses to buy stocks and entire companies.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

recommended stocks to buy: TCF Financial Corporation(TCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

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Chipotle investors must be feeling queasy.

Shares of the once super popular Mexican food chain are in free fall again, even though Chipotle reported decent sales and earnings last month. Chipotle (CMG) stock is down nearly 20% so far this year, and hit its lowest level since February 2013 on Tuesday.

Chipotle may have finally recovered from the E. coli nightmare it endured a few years ago. Sixty consumers in 14 states got sick following an outbreak back in 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the outbreak over in early 2016.

But in the past few weeks, Chipotle was forced to close a location in Dallas where rodents were sighted and the company also had to deal with a norovirus outbreak in a Virginia restaurant that was the result of a sick employee.

That’s spooked Wall Street. It’s reasonable to wonder what Chipotle can do to permanently get back on track. Adding queso to the menu permanently and ditching chorizo — which is the latest Chipotle rumor — might not be the answer.

best stocks currently: TCF Financial Corporation(TCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 stocks currently: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

best stocks currently: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

best stocks currently: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

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Wells Fargo’sDavid Marisand his team reiterated an Underperform rating and $10 to $13 valuation range onValeant Pharmaceuticals(VRX) Friday, writing that the company’s 2017 might not be much better than its 2016.

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Maris lowered his fourth-quarter earnings, but writes that the results are less important than the company’s longer-term deteriorating cash flow generation, highdebt, and poor business trends. He expects the company to again say that 2017 will be stronger in the second-half of the year, much like it did in 2016. “We believe Valeant shares are overvalued at current levels and believe that despite Valeant wanting to talk about ‘new Valeant,’ its business trends and pricing-driven model remain ‘old Valeant.’”

He write that while the new management team has sold $2.3 billion in assets, it’s also lowered guidance and missed launch targets, while prescription declines continue–hardly bullish.

stock options: 8×8 Inc(EGHT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd hitting lower highs and lowerlows for some years now but also leveling off while VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) have been volatile, but also largely heading higher:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of 8×8 (NASDAQ:EGHT) rose 26.6% in 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The provider of internet-based voice and communications services put together a remarkable financial record last year. 8X8 beat Wall Street’s earnings and sales estimates handily in each one of the year’s quarterly reports,citing strong organic revenue growth among larger customers along the way. Large-scale corporate customers accounted for 53% of the company’s total sales in the recently reported second quarter, and these big clients are also showing strong loyalty to the 8×8 brand by renewing their service contracts.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd underperforming versus VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) which have been volatile, but have been heading higher:

stock options: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thethird most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 52.86% according toHighshortinterest.com.Lannett Company, founded in 1942, develops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believe that its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieve economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

stock options: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industries recently moving past 2013 highs whilepeersDrew Industries, Inc (NYSE: DW) and Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) havealso taken off to new highs this year:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) shares were also up, gaining 13 percent to $154.01 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industries and small cap peer Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) giving a similar performance with shares taking off last year before stumbling this year while Drew Industries, Inc (NYSE: DW) has mostly underperformed:

stock options: TCF Financial Corporation(TCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

stock options: Weatherford International plc(WFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Swanson]

    Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) is forming the OneStim joint venture with Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB), which would focus on the unconventional completions market in North America. “We view the transaction as a rare win-win situation,” Deutsche Bank’s Mike Urban said in a report.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped about 5.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $3.39 after closing at $3.59 on Thursday. Volume was about 23.4 million, around 5% less than the daily average of nearly 24 million shares. Another oilfield services company getting gored by falling oil prices.

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    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 Friday's regular session.

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 Nothing makes me happier than proving Porter wrong…
 
Back in September, Porter and I (Bryan Beach) took the stage at our annual Alliance Meeting in Las Vegas.
 
I was about to share a list of seven troubled businesses. But I wasn't going to recommend shorting or even avoiding them. Instead, I was going to tell the audience that these stocks would dramatically beat the market in the coming years.
 
Porter heckled me in front of the entire audience. And for good reason… these were terrible companies I would typically never recommend to anyone.
 
So why would I make an exception this time… in front of hundreds of our most loyal subscribers, no less?
 
 Months earlier, Porter had asked our team to do the impossible…

top rated stock: Century Casinos, Inc.(CNTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Century Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNTY) shares dropped 15 percent to $7.77. Century Casinos priced its 4.25 million share offering at $7.50 per share.

top rated stock: Straight Path Communications Inc.(STRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

top rated stock: HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(HDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Next, on Tuesday, Cramer’s eyes will be on HD Supply (HDS) , the little-known construction supplier with 500,000 customers. This is one investors need to know about, Cramer said.

  • [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.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    HD Supply Holdings Inc.s (NASDAQ: HDS) latest quarterly earnings report is expected before Wednesday’s open. The consensus estimates call for a profit of $0.64 in per share and $1.35 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $33.02, in a 52-week range of $28.97to $44.73. The consensus price target is $39.00.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    HD Supply Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: HDS) saw a few analysts bolster its position with upgrades after the firm beat expectations in its most recent earnings report. The price target raises included: Raymond James to $42 from $40, RBC to $45 from $40, SunTrust Robinson Humphreyto $42 from $35 and Wells Fargo to $45 from $42.

top rated stock: TCF Financial Corporation(TCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Maye Musk (L) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. February 26, 2017 . Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

About a year ago, I suggested that Tesla stock was too high. Now it’s 67% higher. With news that it may start delivering its lowest-price Model 3 later this month, you should take your profits. (I have no financial interest in the securities mentioned in this post).

Before getting into that, let’s ask who has inherited the reality distortion field first made popular by Steve Jobs. While Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes certainly appeared to occupy the Jobs Professorship of Reality Distortion, the Wall Street Journal put an end to that cherished role back in October 2015 when it began its reporting on the moral rot at the core of this former blood unicorn.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Blackrock Global(BOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    Whiting Petroleum (WLL) is one of Continental’s biggest competitors in the Bakken. Whiting is the second-largest oil producer in North Dakota, averaging 82,500 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) of production in 2012, across more than 700,000 acres of leased land.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Crestwood Equity Partners LP(CEQP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP) shares shot up 45 percent to $18.54 following the announcement of a new joint venture with Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED). Subsidiaries of both companies entered into an agreement on Thursday to form a joint venture in which they will jointly own and develop Crestwood’s existing natural gas pipeline and storage business in norther Pennsylvania and southern New York.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Trading Nation, Andrew Keene of AlphaShark suggested a bearish options strategy in Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLE).

    He noticed that Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) broke out above its resistance, but he thinks it's a fake breakout, which is not going to hold. Keene wants to use options to fade the rally. He wants to buy the March 70/67 put spread for $1. The trade breaks even at $69 or 5.19 percent lower and it can maximally make a profit of $2 if the stock drops to $67 or lower.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Transocean dropped 7% to $13.85 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.6% to2,280.90. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) dropped 1.9% to$72.85. The price of oil fell 1% to$52.63 a barrel.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Nathan added that Exxon Mobil is down 9 percent from its 52-week highs and Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLE) is trading at its 52-week highs.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Joe Tigay spoke on Bloomberg Markets about his trading strategy in Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLE).

    He said crude oil has been trading between $50 and $55 lately and every time it drops close to $50, domestic supply decreases and the price moves higher. He believes crude oil could move higher from its current price level and he wants to set up a bullish strategy. He wants to buy Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) shares and sell the April $73 call for $1.40.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: ANSYS, Inc.(ANSS)

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 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: TCF Financial Corporation(TCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Two Harbors Investments Corp(TWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Hanson]

    This week at the Barclays Capital Global Financials Conference, droves of CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs trotted on stage to address a room full of eager analysts. One of the lone mREITs represented was Two Harbors (NYSE: TWO  ) . CEO Tom Siering and CIO Bill Roth weighed in on the current environment.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Stanley Black & Decker Inc.(SWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The only disappointment here is the latest moves highlight what might have been possible with the Craftsman tool brand had Sears not ended up selling it to Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK). Although there was some creative thinking involved in the way the deal was structured, giving Sears a percentage of the revenues from Craftsman sales that Stanley generates for the next few years as well as allowing it to also make and sell Craftsman tools for the next decade, it’s a shame Sears had to let the brand go.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry
    Related MORN One Of The World's Most Powerful Women, Fidelity Personal Investing President Kathleen Murphy, To Tell Her Story At The Benzinga Global Fintech Awards The 2017 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Will Include An 'Unprecedented Group' Of Judges Morningstar Packs Conference Lineup For Financial Advisors (Investor’s Business Daily) Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In January, Sears sold its iconic Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) for just $900 million as one of several desperate attempts to raise cash.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Back in January, the company sold its iconic Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE: SWK) for $900 billion, although not all of it was in an upfront payment. Sears will still carry the brand in its stores, but now they must compete with other retailers to make any profit from it. And guess who else carries it now? Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN). Great for Stanley shareholders, but not so much for Sears shareholders.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion before the opening bell. Honeywell shares gained 0.11 percent to $123.91 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion before the opening bell. General Electric shares gained 1.06 percent to $30.59 in after-hours trading.
    Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Mattel shares dropped 6.78 percent to $23.50 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion. Stanley Black & Decker shares declined 0.01 percent to $132.70 in after-hours trading.
    Visa Inc (NYSE: V) posted stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Visa shares rose 2.35 percent to $93.29 in the after-hours trading session.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: The Swatch Group AG (SWGAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group AG (SWGAY) tumbled 4% mid-afternoon Wednesday as it became apparent the company could lose out to a well-received Apple Inc. (AAPL) Apple Watch 3 released Tuesday.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    That’s good news to the luxury goods sector – from Swiss watches to high fashion and expensive cognac – for which Chinese consumers make up around 30 percent of all global sales. In a note to investors, analysts at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas expects growth to continue to trend upwards during 2017, with Swatch Group (OTCPK:SWGAY), Richemont SA (OTCPK:CFRHF), and Burberry (OTCPK:BURBY) the companies most likely to gain.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Halyard Health, Inc.(HYH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron’s feels are the prospects for Ingersoll-Rand PLC (NYSE: IR) despite the woes in energy, Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS) with its new products and international expansion, the Valvoline spinoff from Ashland Inc (NYSE: ASH), as well as Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH) as it pursues acquisitions and expands its product lineup.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Medical products maker Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH) stumbled after its spinoff from paper products giant Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE: KMB), according to “Halyard Health Shares Look Poised to Double” by David Englander. See why Barron’s thinks its shares could double as this Georgia-based company pursues acquisitions and expands its product lineup.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff] Related Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF Why The Frontier Markets ETF Slumped Last Year Status Quo Decisions Would Bode Well For PAK ETF (Seeking Alpha)
    Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.

    Related Link: Some Positive Indexing News For A Frontier Markets ETF

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).