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&l;em&g;The Wall Street Journal&l;/em&g; nailed it. In last weekend&a;rsquo;s (9/15-16) edition, a &a;ldquo;Market News&a;rdquo; article identified the key driver that would send the market up last week. Importantly, it included the rationale behind a profitable bull market run from here.

&l;em&g;Disclosure: Author holds only U.S. stocks and U.S. stock funds&l;/em&g;

The WSJ article was, &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;https://www.wsj.com/articles/rebound-for-industrials-helps-stabilize-u-s-stocks-1536926401&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Battered Industrial Shares Get New Wind&l;/a&g;.&a;rdquo; These excerpts provide the rationale and results so far.

&l;/p&g;&l;blockquote&g;Beaten-down shares of industrial firms are starting to bounce back, supporting major U.S. stock indexes even as sectors including technology wobble.
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Industrial stocks have been among the market&a;rsquo;s worst-performing sectors in the past six months even with the U.S. economy growing at its quickest pace in years, so some analysts think more strong data could give the group a further boost. Figures from last month showed July output from factories, mines and utilities was weaker than expected.
Yet investors have rewarded industrials lately after many manufacturers reported strong second-quarter earnings despite the threat of tariffs hurting global demand.
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Some analysts think strength in the U.S. economy could continue to underpin manufacturing stocks, even as global trade discussions continue.
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Third-quarter earnings season will mark a crucial period for industrial shares, with investors increasingly looking for sectors cheaper than the broader market that can still post consistent sales growth.&l;/blockquote&g;

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Heritage Financial Corporation(HFWA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    PCSB Bank (NASDAQ: PCSB) and Heritage Financial (NASDAQ:HFWA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    UBS Group AG lifted its position in Heritage Financial Corp (NASDAQ:HFWA) by 351.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 23,457 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 18,256 shares during the period. UBS Group AG owned about 0.07% of Heritage Financial worth $717,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Greene County Bancorp (NASDAQ: GCBC) and Heritage Financial (NASDAQ:HFWA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Southern Missouri Bancorp (NASDAQ: SMBC) and Heritage Financial (NASDAQ:HFWA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc.(APAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc (NYSE:APAM) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the seven brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have issued a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $38.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Synovus Financial Corp purchased a new stake in Artisan Partners Asset (NYSE:APAM) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 105,188 shares of the asset manager’s stock, valued at approximately $3,508,000. Synovus Financial Corp owned 0.14% of Artisan Partners Asset at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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    Artisan Partners Asset Management (NYSE: APAM)
    Another asset manager MLP that has piqued my interest, Artisan employs an organic, creativity-driven investment process managing money in the small-cap, mid-cap, value, and international equity spaces. All of the firm’s investment management teams are afforded autonomy in pursuit of their particular investment discipline. At the end of 2017, assets under management (AUM) stood at $115.5 billion. At around $40.70 per unit, the stock is at the upper end of its 52-week range. However, on a forward P/E basis, APAM is still attractively priced with a forward P/E of 16.6, an 11% discount to the S&P 500. It also pays a 5.9% yield.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio cut its holdings in Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc (NYSE:APAM) by 20.5% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 75,499 shares of the asset manager’s stock after selling 19,452 shares during the quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio owned 0.10% of Artisan Partners Asset Management worth $2,276,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Just Hold Your Nose and Dive Into Under Armour Inc (UAA)

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    Cybersecurity remains red hot, after another three high-profile attacks, at Under Armour (UAA) , Boeing (BA) and Hudson’s Bay, the parent of Saks. But while many investors know of the big boys like Palo Alto Networks (PANW) , Fortinet (FTNT) and Proofpoint (PFPT) , Cramer dove into three smaller cybersecurity names to see if they’re worth investing in.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    When Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) released its second-quarter financial results on July 26, investors focused largely on the company’s forecast for higher restructuring costs. However, Under Armour’s senior leadership team shared some important information during the subsequent conference call that many investors overlooked.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Athletic apparel specialist Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) (NYSE:UA) outpaced the market last month by gaining 18% compared to a 2% increase in the S&P 500, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Internationa Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.(IFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a positive day on Wall Street, with market participants being generally pleased with news that crude oil pushed above the $70-per-barrel mark before falling slightly below it. That helped lift the energy sector up, although some other concerns held back certain other sectors, limiting gains in most major indexes to less than 1% on the day. Moreover, some companies made announcements that were ill-received by the market. International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE:IFF), Tower Semiconductor (NASDAQ:TSEM), and Dentsply Sirona (NASDAQ:XRAY) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and agreed to acquire Frutarom for $7.1 billion.
    Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) announced plans to acquire Tate's Bake Shop for $500 million.
    ynchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) reported a deal to buy honeybee.
    DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (NASDAQ: XRAY) reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.45 per share on sales of $956.1 million. The company updated its 2018 adjusted earnings guidance to $2.55 to 2.65 per share.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (NYSE:IFF) major shareholder Winder Investment Pte Ltd purchased 150,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 14th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $126.47 per share, with a total value of $18,970,500.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the insider now directly owns 11,600,193 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,467,076,408.71. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Large shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s stock are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Encore Wire Corporation(WIRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    BidaskClub cut shares of Encore Wire (NASDAQ:WIRE) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts also recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Encore Wire from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, August 10th. DA Davidson set a $60.00 target price on Encore Wire and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Encore Wire presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $60.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Encore Wire (NASDAQ: WIRE) and Arconic (NYSE:ARNC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: IRIDEX Corporation(IRIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    In related news, Chairman William M. Moore acquired 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 12th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $4.34 per share, for a total transaction of $43,400.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert Earle Grove acquired 10,857 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 12th. The stock was bought at an average price of $4.23 per share, for a total transaction of $45,925.11. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 2,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,575. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders bought 23,357 shares of company stock worth $99,750. Insiders own 4.80% of the company’s stock.

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    IRIDEX Company Profile

  • [By Max Byerly]

    NxStage Medical (NASDAQ:NXTM) and IRIDEX (NASDAQ:IRIX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    First Light Asset Management LLC reduced its position in shares of IRIDEX Co. (NASDAQ:IRIX) by 48.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 198,581 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock after selling 189,106 shares during the period. First Light Asset Management LLC owned about 1.70% of IRIDEX worth $1,382,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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Investors should buy CBS on the dip, because it is a very attractive acquisition target for companies outside of the television industry, B. Riley FBR managing director and analyst Barton Crockett told CNBC on Monday.

“CBS is a huge brand; it’s the most watched network on TV. They also have Showtime, which is big and kind of direct-to-consumer. I think that CBS could be an interesting bolt onto a larger platform,” Crockett said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”

On Sunday evening, CBS announced Les Moonves will depart as chairman, president and chief executive officer “effective immediately,” following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct that spanned much of his career. The company said COO Joseph Ianniello will now act as CEO “while the Board conducts a search for a permanent successor.”

Also on Sunday came news of a board reshuffling and an end to hostility between CBS and National Amusements (NAI), which owns a controlling stake in CBS. The two companies will drop their lawsuit against each other, and NAI will not pursue the merger of CBS and Viacom for at least two years. NAI also said it would consider “any business combination transaction or other strategic alternative that the independent directors believe are in the best interests of the Company.”

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Neuralstem, Inc.(CUR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Pluristem Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CUR) and Neuralstem (NASDAQ:CUR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Neuralstem, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUR) were down 16% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $1.24 and last traded at $1.37. Approximately 595,500 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 205% from the average daily volume of 195,111 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.63.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ABAXIS Inc.(ABAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Abaxis Inc (NASDAQ:ABAX) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have issued a hold recommendation, two have given a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $67.00.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Abaxis Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) shares hit an all-time high early on Wednesday after it was announced that Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) would be acquiring the firm. The acquisition is expected to enhance Zoetis’ presence in veterinary diagnostics, a category of the animal health industry with approximately 10% compound annual growth over the past three years.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tiedemann Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Abaxis (NASDAQ:ABAX) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund bought 3,000 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $213,000.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a generally favorable day for the stock market, with modest gains for most major benchmarks even as the Russell 2000 once again hit intraday record highs. Most investors’ attention was focused on the retail sector, where an especially strong performance from department store giant Macy’s suggested that the long period of difficult conditions for brick-and-mortar retailers might finally have come to an end. Ongoing concerns about other factors — including the move in the 10-year Treasury yield above the 3% mark and the outcome of a possible summit between U.S. and North Korean leaders — helped keep the gains somewhat in check. But some companies had good news that sent their shares sharply higher. Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA), Boot Barn Holdings (NYSE:BOOT), and Abaxis (NASDAQ:ABAX) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    It seems that chip giant Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) can’t catch a break, dealing with relatively minor challenges like temporarily losing the applications processor spot in some of Samsung’s (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) Galaxy S-series smartphones thanks to an overheating chip and existential threats to its wireless technology licensing business — its main source of profit.

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    Besides payment solutions, Adyen also provides analytics and risk management capabilities. Today, Adyen has more than 5,000 customers globally including Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Samsung (OTC:SSNLF), LinkedIn, Spotify (NYSE:SPOT), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Casper, Bonobos, L’Oreal SA, and Burberry Group, to name a few.

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    All of the major semiconductor manufacturers, including Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), TSMC, Samsung (OTC:SSNLF), GlobalFoundries, have announced plans to use EUV in 7 nm and below process nodes. There simply is no other path forward to continue Moore’s Law. ASML is the only source for EUV lithography tools.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Packaging Corporation of America(PKG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Packaging Co. of America (NYSE: PKG) and Sonoco (NYSE:SON) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Packaging Corp Of America (NYSE:PKG) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the eleven analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $128.67.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Packaging Corp Of America (NYSE:PKG) was the target of some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors acquired 1,456 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 804% compared to the average volume of 161 call options.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    People s United Financial Inc. lowered its position in shares of Packaging Corp Of America (NYSE:PKG) by 42.2% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 10,941 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 7,973 shares during the quarter. People s United Financial Inc.’s holdings in Packaging Corp Of America were worth $1,223,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Packaging Corp Of America (PKG)

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.(CAPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media headlines about Capricor Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CAPR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Capricor Therapeutics earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the biotechnology company an impact score of 46.8406921113539 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc. (LEXEA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Tyers Asset Management LLC reduced its holdings in shares of Liberty Expedia Holdings Inc Series A (NASDAQ:LEXEA) by 54.9% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 3,192 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 3,892 shares during the quarter. Tyers Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Liberty Expedia Holdings Inc Series A were worth $140,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(BONT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Not long ago, liquidation seemed inevitable for bankrupt department store operator Bon-Ton Stores Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT). The company’s desperate attempt to restructure outside the bankruptcy process failed earlier this year when it couldn’t find an investor willing to finance a comeback effort.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last week, bankrupt department store operator Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT) made one last desperate bid to survive. A group led by mall owners Namdar Realty Group and Washington Prime Group (NYSE:WPG) signed a letter of intent to buy the company out of bankruptcy and continue operating at least some of its stores.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    However, the outlook for J.C. Penney stock could be improving as competition in the department store sector starts to wane. Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) recently revealed another round of store closures. Furthermore, Bon-Ton (NASDAQ:BONT) announced this week that it will liquidate after its attempt to emerge from bankruptcy as a going concern failed.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    In 2018, TJX will benefit from a lower tax rate and easier year-over-year comparisons. It is also likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Bon-Ton Stores’ (NASDAQ:BONT) pending liquidation. This could send TJX stock to new heights later this year.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: LookSmart Ltd.(LOOK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Peel Hunt reissued their buy rating on shares of Lookers (LON:LOOK) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    A number of other equities analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Numis Securities reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a GBX 130 ($1.76) price target on shares of Lookers in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. JPMorgan Chase upped their price target on shares of Lookers from GBX 109 ($1.48) to GBX 130 ($1.76) and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a GBX 145 ($1.97) price target on shares of Lookers in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a GBX 146 ($1.98) price target on shares of Lookers in a research note on Monday, March 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. Lookers has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of GBX 137.71 ($1.87).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Lookers (LON:LOOK)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by investment analysts at Peel Hunt in a note issued to investors on Friday.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Just Hold Your Nose and Dive Into Under Armour Inc (UAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for breakeven earnings and $1.31 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $13.75. The consensus price target is $13.08, and the 52-week range is $11.40 to $23.46.

  • [By Steve Symington, Anders Bylund, and Rich Duprey]

    We asked three top Motley Fool investors to weigh in to that end. Here’s why they like Under Armour (NYSE:UA)(NYSE:UAA), Helios & Matheson (NASDAQ:HMNY), and Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG).

  • [By Brian Withers]

    No meeting transcript was published. The slide presentation is unavailable. No call-in number was provided. The only way to know what happened at the Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) shareholder meeting was to show up in person in May with proof that you own shares.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. lessened its holdings in Under Armour Inc Class A (NYSE:UAA) by 5.5% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 775,000 shares of the company’s stock after selling 45,000 shares during the period. Waddell & Reed Financial Inc.’s holdings in Under Armour Inc Class A were worth $17,422,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: (REAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    REAL (CURRENCY:REAL) traded down 14.6% against the US dollar during the 1-day period ending at 22:00 PM ET on May 14th. One REAL token can currently be purchased for about $0.32 or 0.00003633 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including EtherDelta (ForkDelta) and BitFlip. REAL has a total market cap of $3.17 million and approximately $6,871.00 worth of REAL was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last seven days, REAL has traded 24.7% lower against the US dollar.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    REAL (CURRENCY:REAL) traded down 13.4% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 18:00 PM Eastern on June 23rd. One REAL token can now be bought for $0.34 or 0.00005397 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including EtherDelta (ForkDelta) and BitFlip. Over the last week, REAL has traded 10% lower against the US dollar. REAL has a market capitalization of $3.39 million and $5,895.00 worth of REAL was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    REAL (CURRENCY:REAL) traded down 6.1% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 22:00 PM Eastern on May 31st. REAL has a market capitalization of $4.59 million and approximately $4,914.00 worth of REAL was traded on exchanges in the last day. One REAL token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.46 or 0.00006075 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including BitFlip and EtherDelta (ForkDelta). Over the last seven days, REAL has traded up 13.8% against the US dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Real Matters (TSE:REAL) had its price target lowered by research analysts at Canaccord Genuity from C$8.00 to C$7.50 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. Canaccord Genuity’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 46.77% from the stock’s current price.

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Two weeks from now, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the landmark case: Christie vs. Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act (1992) asserting that it, among other injustices, is an undue incursion of the sovereign right of states to legalize wagering on sports. The case springs from a lawsuit by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Although online casino play is already legal in that state, sports betting is not. Through a succession of lower court rulings that cited the federal statute, Christie has taken the fight to the nations highest court. The outcome of that ruling, to come sometime this year, could trigger a bonanza for companies already in the online wagering sector. The American Gaming Association has issued an amicus curiae brief to the court favoring legal sports betting citing its estimate that it represents $150 in annual revenue to illegal bookmakers, much of which is diverted to finance organized criminal enterprises.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Neuberger Berman Real Estate Securities Income Fund, Inc.(NRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Neuberger Berman Real Estate Securities Income Fund (NYSE: NRO)
    While focusing on primarily the United States, NRO also has limited retail exposure, with just 9.4% allocated to regional malls and 6.7% allocated to shopping centers for a total of just 16.1% retail exposure. For investors seeking low volatility, a 5-year chart of NRO’s share price is shockingly similar to the EKG of a cabbage, remaining in a tight band between $5 and $6 a share. The current share price is on the lower end at around $5.15, a 12% discount to NAV, and yields 10.5%.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Heartware International, Inc.(HTWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    4. HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ: HTWR) – The heart device maker agreed to be acquired by Medtronic for $58 per share in cash two weeks ago. Prior to that the stock had been trading just above $30. 

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch 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 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Charter Communications, Inc.(CHTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

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    It was just a little more than a year ago when Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) was the largest U.S. pay-TV provider. And it wasn’t even close. But after AT&T (NYSE:T) merged with DirecTV, it took over the top spot. Now, AT&T’s rival telecom company, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), is reportedly considering a megamerger of its own with Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR). The move would put the combined company’s total video subscriber count very close to Comcast’s.

    The potential merger points to a big hole in Comcast’s service offerings — its lack of wireless service. If customers can save money by bundling their TV, internet, and wireless bills together with its competitors, Comcast stands to lose customers. But Comcast’s management and investors shouldn’t lose sleep over the possibility that its two biggest competitors offer wireless service.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    SoftBank also purchased telecom upstart Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in 2013. And it is considering deals with other communications giants, including Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS)

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  • [By Matt Hogan]

    It has been widely reported that T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) had been in merger talks with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), a competitor that is majority owned by Softbank. However, these talks are now on hold as Sprint is negotiating potential deals with two of the largest cable companies in the United States; Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR). These cable companies are under pressure having lost subscribers due to services like Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), which recently blew away its second quarter growth estimates.

  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    As one of the group of companies associated with telecom magnate John Malone — who regularly uses complex, tax-efficient corporate transactions to unlock value for shareholders — Liberty Broadband serves as a holding company that controls a diverse set of media assets. The most important of these is Liberty Broadband’s ownership of 25% of Charter Communications’ (NASDAQ:CHTR) total voting power, which effectively makes Liberty Broadband a tracking stock for Charter Communications shares.As such, Liberty Broadband shares have largely mirrored the impressive rally in Charter Communications stock over the past year. Particularly given Charter’s upcoming launch of its own wireless service network, Soros’ investment in Liberty Broadband remains an interesting option as the cable and telecom industries continue to evolve.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bank of Nova Scotia (The)(BNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Jersey Elec.(a)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sujan Lahiri]

    (A)

    The first stage is the removal (harvesting) of a sliver of dermal tissue, called a micro-organ (2-3mm diameter x 30-40mm length), from beneath the patient’s skin. This procedure is performed under a local anesthetic, is intended to be performed in a physician’s office and is minimally invasive, so as to encourage rapid healing with little or no scarring. Generally, more than one micro-organ will be harvested from the patient (typically 4-5).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Monday as well. The consensus forecast calls for $0.62 in EPS on $1.17 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $68.79 apiece. The consensus price target is $72.15, and the 52-week range is $42.92 to $69.09.

  • [By Dave and Donald Moenning]

    For those investors that like the comfort generally provided by a diversified portfolio, here’s an idea that will allow you to (a) maintain a diversified allocation in your portfolio and (b) stay out of trouble when the big, bad bears come to call on an asset class or two.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) was also up, gaining 6.42 percent to $52.49 after the company announced its plans to separate into two public companies.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) shares rose 5.45% to $52.01. The volume of Agilent Technologies shares traded was 736% higher than normal. Agilent announced its plans to separate into two public companies.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Rosetta Genomics Ltd.(ROSG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) were down 16 percent to $0.53 after the company agreed to be acquired by Genoptix for $10 million.

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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 Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) were down 17 percent to $0.52 after the company agreed to be acquired by Genoptix for $10 million.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Codexis, Inc.(CDXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested taking a long/bullish position in small cap biocatalysts developer Codexis, Inc (NASDAQ: CDXS):

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    While companies with lower-priced shares are often riskier than those with higher prices, some companies trading under $5 per share have intriguing potential. Investors searching for overlooked growth opportunities should consider industrial biotech BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), pharmaceutical services company Codexis (NASDAQ:CDXS), and one-trick-pony biopharma Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX).

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cartesian, Inc.(CRTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap professional services and technical solutions stock Cartesian Inc (NASDAQ: CRTN) as a long/bullish trade:

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Just Hold Your Nose and Dive Into Under Armour Inc (UAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Meanwhile, earnings season produced large price swings in a few stocks individual stocks, including Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) and UPS (NYSE:UPS).

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The suggestion of a boycott of Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) products because its CEO plans to hire thousands of refugees, as well as an analyst downgrade of Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) stock due to the CEO Kevin Plank’s positive comments about the effects of Trump on American business, show how widely the debate over association, either positive or negative, with White Housepolicies has exploded.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    If Under Armour (UAA) , (UA) shareholders didn’t have bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck at all. UAA shares are down around 30% year to date and more than 50% in the last 12 months. I thought these guys were supposed to be the next Nike (NKE) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, Under Armour (UAA) reported disappointing earnings and cut its revenue-growth forecast in half. That prompted seven analysts to cut its stock yesterday, including those at Susquehanna, Piper Jaffray, Raymond James, BofA Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, B. Riley, and Credit Suisse. And the downgrades have continued today, with analysts at Evercore ISI, FBR, and Canaccord Genuity joining the downgrade party.

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    Isn’t it a little late, now that the stock has lost a quarter of its value? Canaccord’s Camilo Lyon and Pallav Saini don’t think so:

    Following surprisingly weak Q4 results and further reduction in 2017 guidance, we are downgradingUnder Armour stock to HOLD from Buy. While EPS of 23c came in slightly below our 25c consensus estimate, sales (+12%) and gross margin (-314bps) were significantly below guidance and our expectations. The disappointing results were largely driven by weak NA apparel business, which continues to be plagued by sporting goods bankruptcies, limited lifestyle/fashion merchandise in Under Armour’s assortment, and heavy promotional activity by Nike (NKE) and Adidas to whichUnder Armour responded late. WhileUnder Armour is taking steps to rectify the assortment missteps in apparel by increasing its lifestyle offering, we are not likely to see a significant improvement before 2018. That said, there were pockets of growth within apparel, mainly golf and basketball, that underscore the value of the brand. While growth continues to be robust in footwear (+36%), international (+55%) and DTC (+23%), we believe the challenges in Under Armour’s NA apparel business will continue to weigh on the business in 2017. In addition, recent news reports suggest there are more sporting goods retailers (e.g. EMS, Gander Mountain, Bob’s Sports) on the verge of bankruptcy, which could put further downward pressure on athletic vendors. Lastly,Under Armour continues to invest aggressivel

10 Stocks That Could Surprise in 2018

The U.S. stock markets hit the jackpot in 2017, with all the major indexes up significantly — the S&P 500 gained 19% over the past year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 25% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was up an impressive 28% — making year-end assessments by investors a very happy occasion.

Amazingly, the U.S, markets ranked 39th out of 47 countries in 2017, making this past year a relative stinker compared to the rest of the world’s stocks.

Why the “down” year?

It’s possible that investors have figured out that U.S. stocks are overvalued relative to stocks in other countries. So, while U.S. markets underperformed on a comparable basis, it can always be worse, as Canada demonstrates.

In 2017, Canadian stocks gained just 6% on the year with energy companies providing a significant headwind to better performance. Here in the U.S., the major indexes are much less dependent on energy stocks, hence the higher returns.

Given the perception U.S. stocks are overvalued, how does one make money in 2018?

Buy several of these ten stocks that lost 20% or more in 2017.  My bet is that, like the Dogs of the Dow, they will surprise in 2018.

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It’s interesting that John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO of Papa John’s Int’l, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA), stepped down toward the end of 2017. Yet, Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UAA) CEO and founder Kevin Plank had no such plans despite delivering a lump of coal in shareholders’ stockings.

Plank deservedly is on a list of “Worst CEOs” of the past year with Under Armour’s stock losing half of its value.

In early February, I suggested that Plank should move aside, hiring a more experienced direct-to-consumer retail executive who understands how to sell in an omnichannel world.

A couple of months later I proposed that Under Armour and Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) should join forces to deliver a more balanced business regarding men’s and women’s customer bases.

Personally, I believe both of these ideas are both valid. Furthermore, I see Lululemon’s CEO, Laurent Potdevin, as the perfect person to lead the merged organization.

Regardless of whether these two things come to fruition, I believe Under Armour can bounce back in 2018. 

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Newell Brands (NWL)

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Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL) lost 29% in 2017 as it struggled to integrate the Jarden acquisition into its own business. This past year was the stock’s first significant annual loss since 2008 when it saw a drop of 59% due to the economic crisis.

Investors expected that the integration of Jarden would deliver sales growth and higher profits and neither of these has yet to materialize.

Its five-year restructuring process to save $1.3 billion by 2021 has saved $410 million through the end of Q2 2017. Although it’s going as planned, debt levels are still relatively high at $10.2 billion or 65% of its market cap. The company is on track to reduce its leverage ratio to 3.5 times or less by the end of 2019.

Newell has become home to a lot of brands that don’t have the scale to compete in a global world. Moving to four operating segments: Live, Learn, Work and Play, I see the company fine-tuning its focus in 2018 and beyond.

Newell stock hasn’t been this low since 2014. The transformation might be messy, but 2018 should see it turn the corner.

However, if you don’t have 2-3 years to wait for it to complete the restructuring, you’re best to look elsewhere.   

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The bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us in 2017 says all you need to know about Mattel, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAT) past year. Therefore, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most investors that Mattel stock lost 41% of its value in 2017 and now sits 67% below its five-year high of $48.48.

Mattel’s situation has deteriorated to the point that it suspended its dividend in October to save cash and keep the business on a stronger financial footing. It also intends to look to boost its gross margin by focusing on fewer product offerings while cutting staff to lower its operating expenses.

While it’s tempting to look to a Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) buyout to save the day, it’s very likely that Mattel’s going to have to innovate its way out of the mess it currently finds itself.

None of its major segments are growing, unlike with Hasbro, which has weathered the Toys “R” Us storm far better than Mattel. That said, Mattel’s long-term debt is still only 34% of its market cap which isn’t outrageous for a company its size. 

Don’t get me wrong, buying Mattel is a speculative buy at this point. I would wait for the company to announce its Q4 2017 earnings at the end of January before considering a purchase because it’s entirely possible it will test single digits before bottoming.

With Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price, it has got a reasonable shot at a turnaround. 

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If it weren’t for bad luck, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), would have no luck at all.

I can remember how some analysts and investors were chastising Chipotle for going overboard on food preparation procedures after its E.coli outbreak a couple of years ago. 2017’s revisit of food safety concerns put the brakes on any chance for a recovery of its stock price which lost 23% in the past year.

Kyle Woodley, a former InvestorPlace editor and very astute investor, recently picked CMG as his “Best stock for 2018” suggesting profits and revenues are growing far more than most investors realize, and while his pick is speculative given the company’s history, the upside seems higher than the downside at this point.

I have to give former CEO and co-founder Steve Ells credit for stepping down in November as Chipotle’s chief executive. It’s never easy to admit that you’re not the one to lead your baby back from the wilderness, but shareholders ought to be thankful that Ells could see that a leadership change was necessary.

Who Chipotle hires as the man or woman to lead the company is critical to bouncing back in 2018. I think the board will make a smart choice with Ells’ input and it will be off to the races.   

It would not surprise me if a former McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) executive were at the top of the list.

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At the end of November, I suggested that investors consider buying Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SBH) after dropping $3 in a month. Since then it’s up 18% and should the overall markets continue moving higher early in 2018, I expect SBH stock to do the same.

Sally Beauty’s stock lost 29% in 2017, the company’s third consecutive year of negative returns; it hadn’t had a breakout year since 2013 when it gained 28%. It is due.

Remember, Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA), one of specialty retail’s shining stars, also had a negative year in 2017. The coming year ought to be better for both companies.

While the jury is still out on whether the company can reignite sales, the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% should deliver about 36 cents per share in additional earnings.

The company’s biggest weakness has always been its level of debt — $1.8 billion or 75% of its market cap — so I’d look for some indication from SBH management that it is planning to deleverage its balance sheet.

If it does that, given its free cash flow generation, the sky’s the limit for its stock.

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It wasn’t a good year for Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NYSE:BBBY), down 44% in 2017. For that matter, it hasn’t been a good decade, losing 2% annually for long-time shareholders.

Eventually, the tide’s got to turn, doesn’t it?

Well, probably not if it keeps delivering woefully poor earnings results like Q3 2017. On December 20, it announced that sales were flat year over year at $3 billion, earnings per share were virtually halved from 85 cents a year earlier to 44 cents this year and comparable sales decreased marginally by 0.3%.

Despite the deterioration in its earnings, the company still generates significant free cash flow. It currently is valued at four times operating cash flow, its lowest level at any time in the past decade and less than half its industry peers.

Yes, the various banners it operates under have seen attrition in both gross and operating margins, yet it’s still expected to earn $3 per share in fiscal 2017.

At seven times earnings, there might not be a better value play than BBBY at the moment.

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Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT) is an owner of retail real estate focusing entirely on outlet centers. It owns 40 outlet centers in 22 states and another four in Canada. Together, these 44 outlet centers provide 15.3 million square feet for retailers to lease.

Interestingly, the company estimates that there are only 70 million square feet of quality outlet space in the U.S., suggesting Tanger has close to 20% of the country’s leasable outlet space.

That’s what Warren Buffett would call a wide-moat.

Conservatively financed, it has grown its enterprise value by 7.5% annually on a compounded basis since 2005. Also, it’s a prominent grower of its dividend, belonging to the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrat Index. In the past three years, it has grown its dividend by 12% annually.

Tanger is an income investor’s dream stock.

Since going public in 1993, it’s never had an occupancy rate lower than 96%, providing investors with considerable comfort that cash flow isn’t going to disappear overnight.

As CEO Steven Tanger likes to say:

“In good times people love a bargain, and in tough times, people need a bargain.”

That’s what makes its business model so strong.

Trading at levels not seen since 2011, I like SKT’s chances in 2018.

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I recommended Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) stock on two occasions in 2017.

The first time was in August when I picked Acuity Brands and seven other stocks whose share prices added up to $2,000. Although Acuity is known for its lighting solutions, the company is making a big push into the Internet of Things and while it’s early in that expansion, I can see it being just as successful.

In fiscal 2017 (August 31 year-end), Acuity earned $7.43 per share, 12% higher than a year earlier. With very little debt and steady free cash flow, it has the financial flexibility to drive future growth.

At the end of November, I suggested investors buy its stock on the dip around $160. It has since climbed 10% and is poised to move higher in 2018 on strengthening margins.

Long-term, Acuity might be one of the best stocks to buy on a significant downturn in its stock price.

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP)

 

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Like a lot of oil-related businesses, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) had a dreadful year, down 23%, erasing a significant portion of the gains it made in 2016.

The operator of natural gas pipelines and storage facilities — in 2016, it transported 2.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and liquids — has been on a roller coaster ride the past few years. If oil and gas prices don’t remain where they currently are, investors can expect continued volatility in its stock price.

However, lower corporate and personal income taxes could result in a more buoyant economy. When people and businesses are more confident, they spend more money. Often, that spending comes in the form of automobile travel, which could put upward pressure on oil prices due to increased demand.

For those who aren’t so sure that oil and gas prices can go any higher, you might want to invest in Loews Corporation (NYSE:L), a holding company run by the Tisch family, which own 51% of Boardwalk’s stock.

Over the past five years, Loews’ stock has significantly outperformed BWP — 4% annually vs. -9% — although neither did anywhere close to the S&P 500.

In June 2017, I suggested that Loews take BWP private. Perhaps it will happen in 2018.

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This last one must be considered the “Hail Mary” of the bunch. I don’t like General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) as a business or a stock because it’s squandered so much shareholder goodwill over the past 20 years by being the worst kind of industrial conglomerate, one that’s afraid of taking chances and is stuck in some time warp.

CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer, someone I generally respect, recently apologized to his loyal viewers for continuing to recommend GE stock despite its ongoing slide.

Cramer feels like GE could get it together under new CEO John Flannery. Therefore, he’s still not recommending investors sell the stock. I’m not as convinced. I believe GE’s business could be permanently broken.

In August, I predicted that GE stock would remain in the $20s for the foreseeable future. Since then, GE’s stock has dropped almost 30% on news the company’s problems are bigger than first thought.

That said, any obvious signs of life from GE as we make our way through 2018, should be good for a 5%-10% boost in its share price, perhaps more.

At these prices, GE could very well surprise in 2018.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Small cap restaurant and entertainment stockDave & Busters Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: PLAY) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the Tuesday close with shares falling in after hours/premarket trading. Total revenues increased 14.9% to $280.8 million as comparable store sales increased 1.1%. Across all stores, Food and Beverage revenues increased 10.2% to $118.7 million from $107.7 million and Amusement and Other revenues increased 18.6% to $162.1 million from $136.7 million. Food and Beverage represented 42.3% of total revenues while Amusements and Other represented 57.7% of total revenues in the Q2 2017 versus44.1% and 55.9% of total revenues, respectively, for the same period last year. Net income was $30.4 million versus net income of $21.5 million. The CEO commented:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by hurricane Harvey, including many Dave & Busters employees who have been significantly impacted. We are working to help get them back on their feet as soon as possible. Our three stores in Houston reopened Friday after remaining closed for several days. In terms of the quarter, Dave & Busters disciplined real estate strategy and differentiated product offering continue to pay off. We delivered another successful quarter of revenue growth driven by double-digit unit expansion and positive comparable store sales, a testament to the underlying strength of the brand. Our non-comp store base is performing well and we are very pleased with our recent store openings. Meanwhile, our comparable store sales growth has now exceeded the competitive casual dining benchmark for 21 consecutive quarters.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Delta Technology Holdings Limited(DELT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small capChinese chemical stock Delta Technology Holdings Ltd(NASDAQ: DELT):

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: XOMA Corporation(XOMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    The following are some of the stocks discussed on the show for which co-host Joel Elconin offered technical levels.

    Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) hit a low last week of $22.43, and has a big psychological level of $22.
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) has two minor support levels from early December of $221.22 and $220.35. Under $220 it gets dicey, with support at $214.97 and $209.92.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) has a key low of $31.33 from February 2. That number serves as support.
    Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) has a triple top at $45.15. It's currently in a trading range from $43.75-$45.70.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) has been range bound over the last four days from $31.68 to $32.62. It has major support at the all-time low from March 15 at $30.36.
    Warren Lorenz, CEO of TechMeetsTrader, joined the show to discuss his "Facebook for stocks" platform, and how he learned how to trade by watching trading communities. Listen to the full interview with Lorenz here.
    Tommy Lackey, managing partner and portfolio manager at Relativity Capital Advisors, told us which stocks are on his nitrous scans and meltdown filters this morning. Those include XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA) Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY). Listen to the full interview with Lackey here.
    With the market in a slight selloff following Friday's healthcare fallout, the focus today will be which sectors, if any, rebound throughout the day. With steel stocks looking weak and gold minors and utilities looking strong, co-host Dennis Dick said he'll try to jump into those sectors if they stay weak after the open. Hear what other sectors Dick is watching here.
    With Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP)'s 25-day quiet period for analysts over, the Street was treated to bullish ratings by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and others. It's worth noting, however, most of Monday morning

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA) got a boost, shooting up 31 percent to $14.69. Wedbush upgraded XOMA from Neutral to Outperform.

    Energous Corp (NASDAQ: WATT) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $11.89. Energous reported a new, high-power, Near Field WattUp charging solution for electronic devices.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Inogen, Inc(INGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    I put these rules in action for you in March 2015 when I recommendedInogen Inc.(Nasdaq: INGN)here in these pages.

    Inogen is pioneering the use of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). And theGoleta, Calif.-based firm boasts breakthrough technology that has disrupted its entire sector.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Just Hold Your Nose and Dive Into Under Armour Inc (UAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    If Under Armour (UAA) , (UA) shareholders didn’t have bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck at all. UAA shares are down around 30% year to date and more than 50% in the last 12 months. I thought these guys were supposed to be the next Nike (NKE) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Under Armour (UAA) have tumbled nearly 60% during the past 12 months as the once high-flying company slashed its expected growth rate. Under Armour is scheduled to report earnings tomorrow, however, and some investors are betting that the release will help turn things around for the company’s stock.

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    Don’t get your hopes up, write Canaccord Genuity analysts Camilo Lyon and Pallav Saini, who contend this won’t be the quarter Under Armour turns things around. They explain why:

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

    Shares of Under Armour have gained 1.3% to $19.78 at 3:06 p.m. today, while Kohl’s has climbed 1.4% to $39.92, and DSW has risen 1.3% to $21.14.

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Prior to Wednesday’s unraveling of the manufacturing council, six executives had resigned:

    On June 1, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk dropped out following Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. “Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” Musk tweeted.
    Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) CEO Ken Frazier drew fire from Trump on Twitter after leaving the council. “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" the president tweeted.
    When Frazier left the council, he said: “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
    On Aug. 14, Under Armour Inc (NYSE: UAA) CEO Kevin Plank resigned. “I love our country & company,” Plank said. “I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport.”
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) CEO Brian Krzanich left Aug. 14 and said: “I stand with others for equality and improving U.S. competitiveness. Both require improving in today’s environment.”
    Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul quit Aug. 15, stating: “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do.”
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka resigned the same day as Paul. “We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism,” Trumka said.

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Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Progressive Corporation (The)(PGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Progressive Corp. (NYSE: PGR) is set to report its third-quarter results Tuesday morning as well. The analysts consensus estimates are $0.36 in EPS on revenue of $6.99 billion. Shares were changing hands at $48.67 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $49.07, and the 52-week range is $30.99 to $49.75.