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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019

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We spend most of our working lives contributing money to retirement accounts but what about taking it out in retirement? If you have pre-tax, Roth, and taxable accounts, how much should you withdraw from each one? Here are some things to consider:

1) How much can you safely withdraw? The safest option is to only withdraw earnings and not touch any of the principal but at current dividend yields and interest rates, don’t expect to get much more than about 2% of your portfolio. That’s probably not enough for most people and that number can fluctuate and may not keep pace with inflation in the long term.

The traditional rule of thumb is that you can safely withdraw about 4% of the initial value of a diversified portfolio and increase that amount with inflation for about 30 years. However, the rule was developed during the 1990s when interest rates were higher and many financial experts (including the financial planner who created it) are concerned that the rule is now obsolete. It also doesn’t take into account that you may have to withdraw larger amounts while you still have a mortgage or before you start collecting pension and Social Security benefits so a steady withdrawal rate may not make sense.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Sify Technologies Limited(SIFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Reports]

    Like Sify Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: SIFY)… a 143% winner… Fanhua Inc. (Nasdaq: FANH)… a 245.56% winner… and Boot Barn Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BOOT)… netting an astounding gain of 260%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares rose 2.1 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 11 percent, and Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: SIFY) up 4 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Toll Brothers Inc.(TOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    The markets are upbeat about the latest reports surrounding trade between the United States and China. Despite news that roughly $16 billion in fresh tariffs are going into effect this week on Chinese goods, markets are hoping that momentum begins to build ahead of discussions between leaders of world’s two largest economies. With that said, President Trump downplayed upcoming discussions in an interview with Reuters on Monday. Back on June 21, I wrote about a fast-moving, high-profit stock – Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: DDE). And that recommendation has brought in gains of roughly 103% since then. But we’re not done with the top gambling stocks. Today, I’m back with an entirely different way to make fast gains in this space. To see the latest bargain play, read up on this fund that no one is talking about. We’re talking a quick double-digit gain, no questions asked
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KSS, JPM, TSLA
    Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) leads a busy day of earnings reports on Tuesday. This morning, the retailer reported earnings of share of $1.76. That figure topped Wall Street estimates by $0.12. Shares pressed higher thanks to news of a 3.1% jump in same-store sales and a hike to the retailer’s full-year outlook. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is on the verge of blowing up the retail stock trading business. The global investment bank is set to release a free digital application that allows investors to trade stocks for free or at a discounted price. Users will be able to obtain up to 100 free trades in their first year after downloading the app. The news hammered brokerage stocks like Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW), E*Trade Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: ETFC), and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD). Things are looking ugly for automa

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Toll Brothers have outperformed its industry over the past three months. Estimates have also been trending upward for the current year over the past 30 days. Robust economy, improving demographics and financial health of its affluent customer base bode well for Toll Brothers. Also, lack of competition in the luxury new home market is expected to drive growth for Toll Brothers as it enjoys greater pricing power than other homebuilding companies. Solid growth in revenues (up 23%) and deliveries (up 16%) in fiscal 2018, following a gain of 12% and 17%, respectively, in fiscal 2017, reflects the health of the luxury new home market. However, escalating building material and labor costs that are proving to be a drag on margins. Again, high mortgage rates dilute the demand for new homes as mortgage loans become expensive.”

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) are on a tear — up 13.6% as of 12:40 p.m. EDT already, and still rising, after the company reported Q3 earnings results that broadly outperformed expectations.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. decreased its holdings in Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) by 14.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 16,925 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 2,814 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Toll Brothers were worth $732,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) was the target of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Stock traders bought 4,681 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 816% compared to the typical daily volume of 511 put options.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Allstate Corporation (ALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Allion (CURRENCY:ALL) traded flat against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 7:00 AM ET on February 10th. During the last seven days, Allion has traded flat against the US dollar. One Allion coin can now be purchased for approximately $0.0003 or 0.00000008 BTC on major exchanges including YoBit, CoinExchange and Cryptopia. Allion has a total market cap of $1,800.00 and $0.00 worth of Allion was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Allstate (NYSE:ALL) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 6, 2019 9:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Eli Lilly and Company(LLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration handed down a complicated approval decision for upadactinib’s potential rival, Olumiant from Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY) and Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE:LLY). The partners were more than a little disappointed when the agency limited its approval to a dosage that’s probably too small to be a major threat to AbbVie’s candidate, at least in the U.S.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    A few days ago, my colleague Cory Renauer wrote that there was a big week ahead for Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY). Cory was right. And we now know the outcomes of several of the big news stories for the drugmaker.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Eli Lilly And Co (NYSE:LLY) major shareholder Eli & Co Lilly sold 4,531 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.33, for a total value of $64,929.23. Following the sale, the insider now owns 3,934,137 shares in the company, valued at $56,376,183.21. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Large shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

  • [By ]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Brunswick Corporation(BC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Brunswick Co. (NYSE:BC) insider William Metzger sold 13,530 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.42, for a total transaction of $912,192.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Pontoon boats are a versatile vessel as they can be used for fishing, sports, cruising, and day trips. That latter part is key because rival boatmaker Brunswick (NYSE:BC) — which Polaris used to have a business relationship with when it was in the marine market — says that overnight trips with boats are fading. Industry site Boat Industry quotes Brunswick’s freshwater boat group President Jeff Kinsey as saying, “There’s been a clear shift toward day boating, and that speaks directly to the pontoon with its seating capacity, its open space, its amenities and its comfort.”

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Brunswick Co. (NYSE:BC) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as low as $66.82 and last traded at $66.53, with a volume of 87086 shares. The stock had previously closed at $65.66.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: RELX PLC(RELX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. decreased its position in RELX Group (NYSE:RELX) by 33.1% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 26,655 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 13,198 shares during the period. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in RELX Group were worth $557,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    First Republic Investment Management Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Relx PLC (NYSE:RELX) in the 2nd quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund acquired 13,205 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $287,000.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Relx (NYSE: RELX) and Cambium Learning Group (NASDAQ:ABCD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Relx PLC (NYSE:RELX)’s share price reached a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $20.27 and last traded at $20.29, with a volume of 6975 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $20.35.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Motorola Solutions, Inc.(MSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Motorola Solutions Inc  (NYSE:MSI)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 07, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised its position in Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) by 26.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 40,809 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,612 shares during the period. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI’s holdings in Motorola Solutions were worth $4,749,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has been given a $137.00 price objective by stock analysts at Credit Suisse Group in a report released on Monday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the communications equipment provider’s stock. Credit Suisse Group’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 11.39% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Qualcomm breaking even while potential peers Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) have performed better with their heir share of volatility:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: iShares MSCI Japan (EWJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cookson Peirce & Co. Inc. acquired a new stake in iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund acquired 5,090 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $309,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Traders sold shares of iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) on strength during trading on Tuesday. $26.39 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $78.06 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $51.67 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, iShares MSCI Japan ETF had the 22nd highest net out-flow for the day. iShares MSCI Japan ETF traded up $0.12 for the day and closed at $56.92

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Stephens Inc. AR bought a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 9,591 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $555,000.

  • [By Zacks]

    iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSE: EWJ)

    This fund is suitable for investors looking for broad-based exposure to the Japanese economy. It seeks to invest in large-cap companies.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc(HMNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics (NASDAQ:HMNY) stock dropped again on Tuesday, down 18% as of 1 p.m. EDT, as investors continue to react (with disdain) to news that the owner of the MoviePass subscription service is planning a reverse split of its stock, cutting the number of shares they own by as much as 99.8%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell about 8.2% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.45 after closing at $0.49 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $38.86. Volume of more than 18 million was about 80% above the daily average of about 10.3 million. The company that owns MoviePass had no specific news again today, but shares continue to sink on their own.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 78.82 percent to close at $7.26 on Monday.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares jumped 18 percent to close at $2.36.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) climbed 15.7 percent to close at $7.00 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) gained 17.21 percent to close at $3.61.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) rose 14.16 percent to close at $33.45. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: CIFS) shares jumped 12.79 percent to close at $25.58.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares gained 11.52 percent to close at $15.00. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) rose 10.94 percent to close at $22.91.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares rose 10.76 percent to close at $26.05. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares rose 10.02 percent to close at $6.48.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares gained 8.37 percent to close at $2.46 on Monday after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares gained 7.81 percent to close at $11.11.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 7.26 percent to close at $70.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 6.66 percent to close at $74.45 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Hanesbrands Inc.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Synnex Corporation(SNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    But several individual companies couldn’t keep up. Read on to learn why Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA), Telecom Argentina (NYSE:TEO), and Synnex (NYSE:SNX) underperformed the market today.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Synthetix Network Token (CURRENCY:SNX) traded down 16.6% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 22:00 PM ET on February 18th. One Synthetix Network Token token can currently be purchased for $0.0475 or 0.00001214 BTC on exchanges including Liquid, IDEX, Kucoin and Gate.io. During the last week, Synthetix Network Token has traded 12.8% higher against the US dollar. Synthetix Network Token has a market capitalization of $3.25 million and $934.00 worth of Synthetix Network Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019

Widows and orphans have had a tough few months.   Long-term U.S. Treasury bonds – often cited as the safest investment on the planet and suitable for the most cautious investors – lost more than seven years' worth of income in just the past four months.   Lending money to the U.S. government for 30 years in exchange for a 2% yield turned out not to be such a good idea. Yields are now 50% higher than they were back in July. And these Treasury bonds, or "T-bonds," have collapsed in price.   But that has given us a fantastic risk/reward setup today…   Let's start by looking at this chart of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT)…  

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: National Bankshares, Inc.(NKSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub cut shares of National Bankshares (NASDAQ:NKSH) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note published on Thursday morning.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Farmers Capital Bank (NASDAQ: NKSH) and National Bankshares (NASDAQ:NKSH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    National Bankshares (NASDAQ:NKSH) and Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.(FOMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by HC Wainwright in a report issued on Wednesday, MarketBeat reports. They currently have a $14.00 price objective on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $12.00. HC Wainwright’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 122.22% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 48.1562748121044 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Press coverage about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 45.4298608245084 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 47.5479155329096 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: FOMX) shares were last seen up early on Wednesday after the company announced a solid performance in its late-stage trial for moderate-to-severe acne.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HC Wainwright set a $11.00 price target on Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) in a research note released on Tuesday. The firm currently has a buy rating on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    REX BKCM ETF (NYSE Arca: BKC)

    Date of inception: May 16 Assets under management: $6.4 million Number of holdings: 34 Top five: Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE ADR: TSM), Global Unichip Corp., GMO Internet Inc., SVB Financial Group (NYSE: SIVB), Overstock.com Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTK) Expense ratio: 0.88% Gain/Loss year to date: +3.53% NAV: $25.62

    The newest blockchain ETF may have the most aggressive strategy. It aims to invest in companies actually part of the blockchain ecosystem. That includes not just companies building blockchain-based software solutions, but companies that promote adoption of cryptocurrencies as well as crypto miners.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Maltese Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor purchased 46,400 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $11,136,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Hingham Institution for Savings (NASDAQ:HIFS) and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.’s (NASDAQ: CHKP) short interest decreased to 8.45 million shares from the previous 9.69 million. Shares were trading at $113.57, in a 52-week range of $93.76 to $120.81.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) had a great July. The cybersecurity specialist was propped up by an analyst upgrade and a second-quarter earnings beat, and news that it is going to double its share repurchase program also boosted investor confidence. But a closer look at how the company has been performing over the past few quarters makes it clear that it is not getting its priorities right, and could end up a laggard in the cybersecurity market compared to the likes of Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Hovnanian Enterprises Inc(HOVNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News stories about HOVNAN 1000 DS REP 1 SRS A PRF (NASDAQ:HOVNP) have trended positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HOVNAN 1000 DS REP 1 SRS A PRF earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 46.0490974987129 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Aphria Inc. (APHQF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Should Aurora actually buy MedReleaf, there could be considerable pressure on Canopy to make an acquisition of its own. One obvious target to buy would be Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF), which has roughly the same market cap as MedReleaf. But would this acquisition make sense for Canopy Growth? I think it could.  

  • [By ]

    A list of marijuana stocks to watch wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include Aphria (OTCQB:APHQF). Among the top cannabis companies getting involved in large M&A’s, this company has completed its own fair share of transactions.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    However, the past week and change have turned that cannabis frown upside down. Since their close on Aug. 14, 2018, and through their close on Friday Aug. 24, here’s how a handful of the largest pot stocks have performed:

    Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE:CGC): up 83% Aurora Cannabis: up 61% Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF): up 61% Tilray: up 81% Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON): up 76%

    Why such a dramatic surge in valuation in less than two weeks? The way I see it, there have been three catalysts.

  • [By ]

    Supply Agreement: To be announced. Top contenders include Canopy (OTCPK:TWMJF), Aurora (OTCQX:ACBFF), Aphria (OTCQB:APHQF). Would also include MedReleaf (OTCPK:MEDFF), Cronos Group (CRON), and CannTrust (OTC:CNTTF).

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Toll Brothers Inc.(TOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Toll Brothers have outperformed its industry over the past three months. Estimates have also been trending upward for the current year over the past 30 days. Robust economy, improving demographics and financial health of its affluent customer base bode well for Toll Brothers. Also, lack of competition in the luxury new home market is expected to drive growth for Toll Brothers as it enjoys greater pricing power than other homebuilding companies. Solid growth in revenues (up 23%) and deliveries (up 16%) in fiscal 2018, following a gain of 12% and 17%, respectively, in fiscal 2017, reflects the health of the luxury new home market. However, escalating building material and labor costs that are proving to be a drag on margins. Again, high mortgage rates dilute the demand for new homes as mortgage loans become expensive.”

  • [By Anders Bylund, Timothy Green, and Dan Caplinger]

    But it’s not always easy to find these high-growth opportunities. That’s why we asked for some help from your fellow investors here at The Motley Fool. Our panelists believe that International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), and Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) are primed to double your investment in relatively short order.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on T-Mobile US (TMUS) , Lennar (LEN) , Toll Brothers (TOL) , Tyson Foods (TSN) , JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) and International Paper (IP) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Reichardt also suggests four builders that have the edge in that market: D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI). LGI Homes Inc. (NASDAQ: LGIH), NVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR) and Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH). Below is a quick summary of each, along with a look at three larger (by market cap) builders: Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN), Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) and PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM).

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mizuho set a $46.00 price target on Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) in a report released on Friday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the construction company’s stock.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Carnival Corporation(CUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    GasLog (NYSE: GLOG) and Carnival (NYSE:CUK) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation and risk.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) opened sharply lower on Thursday after the company posting mixed financial results. The world’s largest cruise line operator came through with a solid fiscal third quarter, but once again we see weak guidance weighing on the stock. 

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) is kicking off the new trading week with disappointing financial results, sending the stock to fresh 52-week lows on Monday. The world’s largest cruise ship operator posted its fiscal second-quarter results ahead of the market open. The quarter itself was solid, but weak guidance scared investors worried about looming softness and cost controls. 

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Lakeland Financial Corporation(LKFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Lakeland Financial (NASDAQ:LKFN) and Civista Bancshares (NASDAQ:CIVB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. lifted its position in shares of Lakeland Financial Co. (NASDAQ:LKFN) by 3.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 878,934 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 30,687 shares during the quarter. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. owned approximately 3.48% of Lakeland Financial worth $40,634,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Lakeland Financial (LKFN)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lakeland Financial (NASDAQ:LKFN) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Lakeland Financial (LKFN)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Lakeland Financial (NASDAQ:LKFN) and Live Oak Bancshares (NASDAQ:LOB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Career Education Corporation(CECO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Career Education (NASDAQ: CECO) and Chegg (NYSE:CHGG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO) shares reached a new 52-week high during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $16.60 and last traded at $16.55, with a volume of 19843 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $16.52.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of for-profit higher education specialist Career Education (NASDAQ:CECO) rose as much as 27.1% higher on Thursday morning, thanks to a strong fourth-quarter earnings report. As of 2 p.m. EST, the stock had cooled down to a 20.5% gain.

stock market today news

Bob Doll Explains How Stocks Could Be Derailed

Mercer Bullard: Think DOLs Fiduciary Rule Is Too Strict? Blame SEC

Gundlach Sounds Fed Alarm, Warns of Selloff Near Inauguration Day

This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce added to the welter of speculation over the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule’s fate.

Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue said the organization is urging the incoming Trump administration’s transition team to undo the regulation. To date, the Trump administration hasn’t communicated its position on the rule.

Some firms have begun to release those changes along with education initiatives for advisors. Others have kept compliance efforts close to the vest for competitive purposes, said Larson.

But all will have to start releasing their intended course of action, and soon, in order to avoid the litigation and competition risks that will come from not being prepared for implementation.

Melissa Dimitri, a senior manager in Grant Thornton’s Advisory Services, which provides strategic consulting to financial services and insurance companies, says her team is not swayed by the back-and-forth speculation over the rule’s fate.

stock market today news: China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc.(CADC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Inc (NASDAQ: CADC) shares shot up 225 percent to $7.15 after gaining 2.33 percent on Wednesday.

    Shares of Smart Global Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SGH) got a boost, shooting up 29 percent to $36.98 after the company issued strong guidance. The company updated Q1 guidance, raising adjusted EPS from 79 cents-83 cents to 90 cents-93 cents. Sales guidance was raised from $225 million-$240 million to $250 million-$260 million.

stock market today news: Graham Corporation(GHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $23.54 million.

    Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.

stock market today news: Toll Brothers Inc.(TOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market once again proved its resiliency on Wednesday, bouncing back from extensive declines early in the session to recover most of its losses. The Dow Jones Industrials actually managed to post yet another record close with a modest gain, and although other major market benchmarks suffered declines, they weren’t significant. Moreover, some favorable news from certain pockets of the market helped bolster investor confidence. Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL), Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Jim Powell]

    Steve Halpern: You mentioned home builders and one that you’ve been bullish on is Toll Brothers (TOL). Do you still like that stock?

    Jim Powell: I certainly do. It’s in there for the long haul. They’ve made some really good strategic decisions. One of the trends that I’ve been following is the millennial generation and what their habits are and what their preferences are.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE: TOL) reported stronger-than-expected profit for its third quarter, while revenue missed estimates

    Toll Brothers posted quarterly earnings of $0.87 per share on revenue of $1.502 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.69 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Next, on Tuesday, earnings from Darden Restaurants (DRI) and KB Home (KBH) . Cramer said he liked both companies, but prefers Toll Brothers (TOL) among the homebuilders.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) reported downbeat results for its fourth quarter.

    Toll Brothers posted quarterly earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $2.03 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.08 billion.

  • [By Eileen Rojas]

    Toll Brothers has rising sales volume and unit prices
    For the third quarter ended on July 31, Toll Brothers’ (NYSE: TOL  ) net income was $46.6 million, or $0.26 per share. The latest income figures were down 24% from last year’s third-quarter results of $61.6 million, or $0.36 per share. The company’s total quarterly revenues were $689.2 million, up 24% over last year, and homebuilding deliveries were 1,059 units, up 10% compared to the same period last year.

stock market today news: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc(MTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    The one currency that is running against the weak dollar tide is the Japanese yen. The yen initially climbed on the Fed’s no taper decision—rising to 97.75 on the news—but then fell all the way back to 99 yen to the dollar and finished yesterday at 99.42. (Remember that since the yen is quoted in yen to the dollar, a higher number is a sign of a weak yen and a smaller number means the yen is getting stronger.) The thinking seems to be that the recent Japanese trade deficit will push the Bank of Japan to further weaken the yen, in order to boost Japanese exports. I continue to think that the yen will finish 2013 at weaker levels than current trading, and that leads me to continue to hold positions in Japanese stocks such as Toyota Motor (TM) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU). Both stocks are members of my Jubaks Picks portfolio.

stock market today news: iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund(IBB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Of course, Donald Trump took on the health care industry in his press conference today, so Gilead’s shares–and just about every other biotech and pharmaceutical company–are getting smacked down. Its stock fallen 2.4% to $25.03 at 3:30 p.m. today, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has fallen 2.9% to$278.49.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biotech stocks have been particularly unloved during the past year, with the iShares Nasdaq Biotech Index ETF (IBB) gaining just 7% to the S&P 500′s 20% rise. Today, however, Amgen (AMGN) is getting a lot of love from the market after releasing Street beating earnings and reporting that its anti-cholesterol drug reduced heart attacks.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Biotechnology stocks had an incredible run between 2012 and 2015, and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was up 395% in that time. After making the record high, however, the space came under pressure and the fund dropped below its 40-week moving average, eventually retracing 50% of its historic rally before finding support in the $240.00 area. Since that time, it has been moving in a horizontal channel below the 38% retracement level of the pullback range in the $300.00 area, and 2016 triple-bottom support.

  • [By ]

    The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE:XBI) and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) were each approaching important support levels back in mid-November.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    It has not been a good year for Gilead Sciences (NSDQ:GILD) shareholders. Gilead stock is down bymore than 25% YTD and almost 30% in last one year. The stock has not only heavily underperformed the broader marketbut has also lagged the sector index iShares NASDAQ Biotech Index ETF (NSDQ:IBB) which is down nearly 17% YTD.The poor performance of the stock is mainly caused by declining HCV sales numbers. HCV was the main growth driver for Gilead till a few quarters back. But the sales in this segment have seen aconsistent decline over the last few quarters which has lead to an increasingly bearish sentiment around the stock. Many analystsbelieve that the bearish sentiment is overdone, and the stock will rebound on strong fundamentals.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Gilead Sciences have dipped 0.1% to $68.97 at 1:05 p.m. today, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has risen 0.4% to $296.51.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

Today we’re going to take a look at 10 dividend stocks that look like solid bets to generate double-digit total returns every year, or at least every year on average.

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Claiming a stock will deliver a double-digit return every year is a bold statement. After all, the “Siegel constant,” named after Wharton Professor Jeremy Siegel, says the stock market as a whole delivers total returns of around 7% per year after inflation. So, a stock that delivered a double-digit return every year would be one that consistently beat the market.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Trinity Industries Inc.(TRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Also seen aswinners are equipment and fixtures makers, from construction to rail to transports. Trinity Industries Inc. (NYSE: TRN), largely considered a rail winner, was up 1.4% at $27.20 late on Monday.

  • [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 Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about high options activity in Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE: TRN).

    He said that options traders bought 5,200 contracts of the January 36 calls for $1.15 in the first half of the trading session. The trade breaks even at $37.15 or 3.17 percent above the closing price Monday. Najarian believes the stock is going to break out on the upside and he decided to follow the trade and buy the January calls. He is going to hold the position for two weeks.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Neometals Ltd (RRSSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Retail Properties of America, Inc.(RPAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ant贸nio Costa]

    Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE: RPAI) has been in an impressive rebound since the lows of August and the stock price action continues to become Bullish. However, RPAI has run into the downtrend line resistance again and this could lead to a brief period of sideways consolidation or price correction from current levels. On watch.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Toll Brothers Inc.(TOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market once again proved its resiliency on Wednesday, bouncing back from extensive declines early in the session to recover most of its losses. The Dow Jones Industrials actually managed to post yet another record close with a modest gain, and although other major market benchmarks suffered declines, they weren’t significant. Moreover, some favorable news from certain pockets of the market helped bolster investor confidence. Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL), Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) reported downbeat results for its fourth quarter.

    Toll Brothers posted quarterly earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $2.03 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.08 billion.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) reported earnings on Tuesday morning, and while investors may have been worried initially, analysts seem to have assuaged this with their updated price targets. Several firms have issued new targets, but they show some caution versus the current price. KeyBanc Capital Markets downgraded the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. Target price hikes were seen as follows: Barclays to $40 from $37, JPMorgan to $48 from $45 KBW to $50 from $47, RBC to $54 from $52 and Wedbush to $45 from $40.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.(MDC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Tuesday. Top gainers in the sector included M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC), Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE: DLA), and Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGI).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Altura Mining Limited (ALTAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The question now is more about speed of EV implementation. On the supply side, it has been great to see LAC, Pilbara Minerals (OTCPK:PILBF) and Altura Mining (OTCPK:ALTAF) get funding, but the continued issues with Albemarle’s (NYSE:ALB) LaNegra II expansion and Orocobre (OTCPK:OROCF) ramping up to Phase 1 capacity of 17,500 tonnes/year of lithium carbonate are further evidence that lithium projects take time and have considerable execution risk.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.(VYGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VYGR) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $13.10 after the company announced 'positive' results from ongoing Phase 1b trial of VY-AADC01 for advanced Parkinson's disease.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) , Opko Health (OPK) and Allergan (AGN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Kimberly-Clark (KMB) , Novartis AG (NVS) , Chemours (CC) and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) .

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: ClearSign Combustion Corporation(CLIR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Last Wednesday (Dec. 6), the company received a patent for certain methods of production of its phase 2 antidepressant, AV-101.

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 Gain (as of Dec. 8)
    VistaGen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTGN) $1.80 135%
    FXCM Inc. (Nasdaq: GLBR) $1.12 124%
    Neuralstem Inc. (Nasdaq: CUR) $2.00 75.44%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.49 75.29%
    ClearSign Combustion Corp. (Nasdaq: CLIR) $3.50 53.85%
    Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ASTC) $4.21 51.99%
    Burcon NutraScience Corp. (Nasdaq: BUR) $0.72 44%
    LM Funding America Inc. (Nasdaq: LMFA) $3.72 42.53%
    Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES) $1.75 42.28%
    Globus Maritime Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBS) $1.47 41.35%

    As a result, its share price shot up from $0.92 to $2.52 on Wednesday. The stock pulled back to $1.80 by the end of the week, for a total gain of 135% for the week.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Brown & Brown, Inc.(BRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    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.

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Francesca's Drops On Earnings Miss; Revance Therapeutics Shares Ga

Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.09 percent to 24,268.65 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.39 percent to 6,801.80. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.05 percent to 2,640.71.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Tuesday afternoon, the information technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) and Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT).

In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell 1.15 percent.

Top Headline

Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) reported downbeat results for its fourth quarter.

Toll Brothers posted quarterly earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $2.03 billion. However, analysts expected earnings of $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.08 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVNC) shares shot up 38 percent to $35.90 after the company disclosed that its RT002 met primary and all secondary endpoints.

Shares of Moleculin Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBRX) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $2.16 after the company disclosed that its WP1066 drug has received the FDA brain tumor IND clearance.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $7.48 after the company reported Q2 results.

Equities Trading DOWN

Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) shares dropped 34 percent to $1.64 as the company reported that its Phase 2b NASH-CX trial did not meet its primary endpoint.

Shares of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) were down 24 percent to $1.985. Ascena Retail reported in-line earnings for its first quarter. The company reported a 5 percent drop in its Q1 comps and issued weak second quarter guidance.

Francesca's Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FRAN) was down, falling around 9 percent to $7.09 following downbeat quarterly earnings.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.33 percent to $57.68 while gold traded down 1.01 percent to $1,264.80.

Silver traded down 1.88 percent Tuesday to $16.065, while copper fell 4.42 percent to $2.9535.

Eurozone

European shares closed mixed today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.19 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.03 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 0.24 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX slipped 0.08 percent, and the French CAC 40 dipped 0.26 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.16 percent.

Economics

U.S. trade deficit rose 8.6 percent to $48.7 billion in October.

The ISM non-manufacturing index dropped to 57.40 in November, versus prior reading of 60.10. However, economists projected a reading of 59.10.