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Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

In a junior sector that has become quite a stock-picker’s market over the past nine months, I find some of the safest and lowest risk opportunities come when a company is undergoing a major change. Atlantic Gold (OTCPK:SPVEF) was one such idea I highlighted last year, as the company was set to transform itself into Canada’s newest junior gold producer. The stock has since moved from US$0.60 to US$1.40 and the re-rating I expect has nearly come to fruition. A company with a similar profile that I’ve had my eye on was Harte Gold (OTCPK:HRTFF), but the stock got well ahead of itself earlier this year and I exited my position. Since that time the stock has spent the last six months consolidating and finally looks it may be ready to resume the new uptrend it began earlier this year.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX) – Stock analysts at William Blair lifted their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Blackstone Group in a report issued on Monday, June 4th. William Blair analyst C. Shutler now expects that the asset manager will post earnings of $0.66 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.65. William Blair also issued estimates for Blackstone Group’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.70 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.73 EPS.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $27.51 after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Gramercy Property Trust stock soared 15.5% in the wake of the real estate investment trust (REIT) getting a buyout bid from a would-be acquirer. A fund run by institutional investment giant Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) announced that it would pay $27.50 per share in cash for Gramercy, putting the total value of the company at $7.6 billion. Coming on the heels of another deal in the sector, those following REITs are pleased to see buying interest even in the face of rising interest rates, which would ordinarily depress valuations. If all goes well, Blackstone hopes to close on the Gramercy deal sometime during the second half of the year.

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    The Blackstone Group (BX) : “I’ve been a backer for 10 years. I think they’re real good.”

    Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) : “That one does real good. “

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 296.07 percent to close at $1.25 on Monday after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares gained 19.59 percent to close at $2.93.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) rose 18.39 percent to close at $2.64 on Monday.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $2.55.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares jumped 14.9 percent to close at $2.39.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) climbed 13.96 percent to close at $4.49.
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) shares rose 13.55 percent to close at $4.61 on Monday.
    Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) surged 13.09 percent to close at $5.01.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) gained 12.9 percent to close at $49.28. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares rose 12.83 percent to close at $3.43.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) jumped 12.52 percent to close at $57.86 on Reports that it has reached a deal with Fox for Its 'Smackdown Live' program.
    Eastman Kodak Company (NASDAQ: KODK) rose 12.38 percent to close at $5.90.
    NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) climbed 11.94 percent to close at $26.44. NuCana appointed Dr. Cyrille Leperlier to its Board as an independent non-executive Director.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) rose 11.83 percent to close at $3.97 on Monday.
    Huami Corporation (NYSE: HMI) shares jumped 11.27 percent to close at $10.17 following Q1 results.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 9.55 percent to close at $7.34.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 8.56 percent to close at $7.86 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the de

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen, Matthew Frankel, and Dan Caplinger]

    But investors can do even better by selecting the very best banks the market has to offer. Below, three Fool.com contributors make the case for whyBB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT), US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)are worthy additions to your portfolio.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Avalon Advisors LLC trimmed its holdings in U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) by 0.8% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 207,546 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 1,656 shares during the period. Avalon Advisors LLC’s holdings in U.S. Bancorp were worth $10,481,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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    Buffett’s investment in banking is even more interesting that the overall over-weighting appears. Berkshire cut its position in Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) to come in under 10% ownership last quarter but still holds $24.7 billion in shares, it’s second-largest holding. At the industry-level, Berkshire added to its banking position with 3.7 million shares of US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and 1.4 million shares of Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK).

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc.(ZAIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Gp Zgp (NASDAQ:ZAIS) major shareholder Z Acquisition Llc bought 6,500,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 5th. The stock was bought at an average price of $4.10 per share, with a total value of $26,650,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the insider now owns 6,500,000 shares in the company, valued at $26,650,000. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Major shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s stock are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: MFS Charter Income Trust(MCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Macro (CURRENCY:MCR) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on May 30th. During the last seven days, Macro has traded down 6% against the U.S. dollar. Macro has a total market cap of $0.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Macro was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Macro token can now be bought for about $0.17 or 0.00002339 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Cathay General Bancorp(CATY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Allianz Asset Management GmbH boosted its stake in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) by 461.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 28,806 shares of the bank’s stock after purchasing an additional 23,672 shares during the quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH’s holdings in Cathay General Bancorp were worth $1,152,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now

Uranium has been back in the news lately, not only due to its relationship with geopolitical maneuvering concerning nuclear weapons, but also as a necessary commodity in the global quest for clean, renewable energy.

The United States is the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, accounting for more than 30% of worldwide nuclear generation of electricity. While there has been little growth in new reactors being built in the last quarter century, the increasing demand for clean energy worldwide is sparking a demand for uranium to be enriched as nuclear fuel. Companies that mine and produce uranium, like Azincourt Uranium, Inc. (OTC: AZURF), are seeing the commodity investment market take a renewed interest in them, with uranium spot prices trending upward in the first quarter of 2017.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cadiz, Inc.(CDZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cadiz (NASDAQ: CDZI) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Water supply” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Cadiz to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cadiz (NASDAQ:CDZI) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Saturday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Middlesex Water (NASDAQ: MSEX) and Cadiz (NASDAQ:CDZI) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tahoe Resources, Inc.(TAHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tahoe Resources (TSE:THO) (NASDAQ:TAHO) – Equities research analysts at National Bank Financial reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for shares of Tahoe Resources in a research report issued on Monday, April 9th. National Bank Financial analyst M. Parkin now forecasts that the company will earn $0.29 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $0.35. National Bank Financial currently has a “Sector Perform” rating and a $8.00 price objective on the stock.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    Non-native satin moths impacting aspen foliage in Lake Tahoe (yubanet.com) Tahoe Resources (TAHO) vs. Corvus Gold (CORVF) Financial Survey (americanbankingnews.com) Critical Contrast: Seabridge Gold (SA) and Tahoe Resources (TAHO) (americanbankingnews.com) Analyzing Tahoe Resources (TAHO) and Endeavour Silver (EXK) (americanbankingnews.com) Fourth of July boat inspections at Lake Tahoe (carsonnow.org)

    A number of research firms recently weighed in on TAHO. ValuEngine upgraded Tahoe Resources from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, June 16th. TheStreet downgraded Tahoe Resources from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Tahoe Resources from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 13th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald began coverage on Tahoe Resources in a report on Wednesday, March 28th. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold”.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Nonetheless, there are many smaller players with slick investor presentations making promises of big rewards. That could sound intriguing if you’ve caught the gold bug, but it’s important to remember the risks involved when investing in the industry. Luckily, some gold stocks come with big red flags and flashing red lights. Here’s why investors might want to avoid Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL), Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO), and Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD).

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    TheStreet lowered shares of Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO) (TSE:THO) from a c rating to a d+ rating in a report published on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on TAHO. Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on Tahoe Resources in a research note on Wednesday, March 28th. They set a buy rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Tahoe Resources from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. ValuEngine downgraded Tahoe Resources from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group downgraded Tahoe Resources from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Tahoe Resources has an average rating of Hold.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Endeavour Silver (NYSE: EXK) and Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Westlake Chemical Corporation(WLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Meeder Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Westlake Chemical Co. (NYSE:WLK) during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 11,312 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,258,000.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Westlake Chemical Co. (NYSE:WLK) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $117.07.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Mackay Shields LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Westlake Chemical Co. (NYSE:WLK) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm purchased 201,093 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock, valued at approximately $22,351,000.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector Index Fund(EUFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    The iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (NASDAQ: EUFN) is down just over 1 percent year-to-date. While it's not alarming decline by any mean, it's a broad view: a more focused look at EUFN reveals the exchange traded fund resides about 11 percent below the 52-week high it set in February.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Limelight Networks Inc.(LLNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) got a boost, shooting up 23 percent to $5.045 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Limelight Networks Inc.(NASDAQ:LLNW) jumped 25.5% in April, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence, after the digital content-delivery specialist announced significantly stronger-than-expected first-quarter results.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Content delivery veteran Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW) reported first-quarter results this Thursday evening, and it was a humdinger. The company, which helps other businesses deliver digital data such as file downloads and video streams in a more efficient manner, crushed Wall Street’s consensus estimates and raised its full-year guidance targets.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
    Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
    TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
    Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
    Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
    Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
    Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
    Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
    Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Buffett’s investment in banking is even more interesting that the overall over-weighting appears. Berkshire cut its position in Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) to come in under 10% ownership last quarter but still holds $24.7 billion in shares, it’s second-largest holding. At the industry-level, Berkshire added to its banking position with 3.7 million shares of US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and 1.4 million shares of Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK).

  • [By Jordan Wathen, Matthew Frankel, and Dan Caplinger]

    But investors can do even better by selecting the very best banks the market has to offer. Below, three Fool.com contributors make the case for whyBB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT), US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)are worthy additions to your portfolio.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

    Several other analysts also recently commented on USB. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $57.00 target price on U.S. Bancorp and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a hold rating and set a $56.00 price target on shares of U.S. Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, April 5th. Citigroup upgraded U.S. Bancorp from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $58.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, May 11th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on U.S. Bancorp from $61.00 to $57.00 and set an underweight rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 19th. Finally, Vining Sparks reiterated a buy rating and set a $61.00 price target on shares of U.S. Bancorp in a research note on Friday, April 6th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. U.S. Bancorp presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $58.38.

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    Earnings are expected from Bank of America Corp. (BAC) on Monday, April 16, and U.S. Bancorp (USB) , another top KBW bank portfolio holding, reports on Wednesday, April 18.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) leads a busy day of earnings reports. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.37 on top of $11.08 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $1.28 on top of $10.45 billion in revenue. Shares of MS stock popped 2.4% thanks to stronger profits (a 26% jump) from the company’s trading division. Recent market volatility has benefited the trading operations of Wall Street investment banks. Here’s how you can tap into volatility for big profits this week. Once again, markets are keeping a close eye on ongoing issues between the United States and its largest trading partners. According to reports, trade problems are expected to offset any gains projected from recent tax reform. The news comes as China is looking to get other U.S. trade partners to stand on their side and oppose American protectionism. Meanwhile, NAFTA officials are set to meet in Washington in order to accelerate the renegotiation of the three-nation trade agreement. This news comes the same morning that U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to bash the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States,” he tweeted. Trump recently raised the possibility that the United States could join the 11-nation deal. Farming groups have been pushing Trump to rejoin the treaty due to the competitive disadvantage they will face against farmers in Canada, Mexico, and Australia, three member states of the deal.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: MS, AXP, AXP
    International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE:IBM) shares plunged more than 5.4% in pre-market hours after the company reported weaker-than-expected forward guidance after the bell on Tuesday. The company reported EPS of $2.45, a figure that beat analysts’ expectations by $0.03. Its $19.1 billion in revenue also topped Wall Street expectations. However, the firm fell short on its annual profit outlook. People are lining up again to gi

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) has long been one of the most efficient big banks in the United States. But the Minneapolis-based bank doesn’t approach efficiency in the same way that most of its competitors do. As opposed to focusing on expenses, U.S. Bancorp has minimized its efficiency ratio by driving revenue.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now

2016 was a painful year for Illumina’s (NASDAQ:ILMN) investors. Shares of the genomic-sequencing company dropped by more than 29% during the year in response to disappointing quarterly results. Will the company be able to right the ship in 2017? Here are three reasons to believe that the answer is yes.

Image source: Illumina.

New partnerships could open doors

Illumina recently announced that it has joined forces with Royal Philips NV and IBMin an effort to make processing and analyzing genomics data easier. While these deals are still quite new, they promise to open doors and advance the use of genomic testing in ways that Illumina could never do on its own.

I’m particularly excited about the potential of the IBM partnership. Interpreting genetic data is a massively complex undertaking, but IBM’s Watson appears to be up to the challenge. IBM has been investing in Watson for years, and it has become quite adept at pattern recognition. The two companies believe that Watson will be able to quickly comb through thousands of scientific articles, medical books, and clinical trials in order to quickly create standardized reports.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.(AAOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Applied Optoelectronics Inc (NASDAQ: AAOI) was down, falling around 19 percent to $47.59 after the company offered a warning related to its upcoming third-quarter results Thursday afternoon. Applied Optoelectronics reduced its third-quarter sales guidance from a prior $107 million-$115 million to a new range of $88 million-$89 million. Earnings per share are expected to come in between $1.04 and $1.09, well below the previous guidance figures in the range of $1.30-$1.43. The company announced Thursday afternoon its largest customer, Amazon.com, Inc., is no longer placing orders to buy its components.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market mounted a last-minute rally to keep its string of winning days alive, as all three major market benchmarks recovered from losses during most of the day to close higher. The performance again showed the complete confidence that investors seem to have in the market’s longer-term future, despite the fact that some believe that stocks have generally risen too quickly and have been hoping for a pullback. Enough investors seem to be waiting for an opportunity to buy that losses have generally been muted and short-lived. Moreover, some good news sent many individual stocks higher, and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), RH (NYSE:RH), and Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) 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 Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: EPR Properties(EPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR’s investment pipeline should drive about 6-7% earnings growth in 2016, and historically the company’s dividend growth has roughly equated to earnings growth. Starting with an above-average 6.5% yield, we find this compelling for income-oriented investors. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 17.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $42.71 million to $50.20 million.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR PROPERTIES has improved earnings per share by 11.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EPR PROPERTIES reported lower earnings of $2.78 versus $3.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.91 versus $2.78).

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate EPR PROPERTIES as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR’s revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company’s bottom line, improving the earnings per share.

     

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.(JAKK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely trending upward while shares of peers like mid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT) and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have largely trended downward:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One under-$10 toy player that’s trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Jakks Pacific (JAKK), which is a producer and marketer of children’s toys and other consumer products. This stock has been destroyed by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 60%.

    If you take a look at the chart for Jakks Pacific, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares plunging from its high of $11.75 to its recent low of $4.82 a share. During that downtrend, shares of JAKK have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of JAKK look like they might be ready to see an end to its downside volatility in the short-term if the recent lows can hold. I believe this due to the fact that JAKK has started to move sideways and trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JAKK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.08 to $5.27 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 695,817 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JAKK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.68 to its 50-day moving average at $6.07 a share. Any high-volume move above its 50-day will then put $7 to $8 into range for shares of JAKK.

    Traders can look to buy JAKK off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $4.87 to $4.82 a share. One can also buy JAKK off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely going in one direction while shares of peers likemid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT)and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have gone in the other direction:

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: Adient plc (ADNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Western Digital (WDC) , Twilio (TWLO) , Adient (ADNT) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) .

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    One of this era’s most successful bankers has decided to relinquish the reins. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) announced on Tuesday that chairman and CEO Richard Davis will step down from his role as CEO at the bank’s annual meeting in April. He’ll stay on as executive chairman of the board, while President and COO Andy Cecere will succeed him in the corner office.

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This morning, we added small cap mobile communication equipment and content stock KVH Industries, Inc (NASDAQ: KVHI) to our Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) portfolio as the Company iswell positioned for industrial mobile connectivity growth over land and sea. KVH Industries is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles and aircraft. The Company is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail and leisure. In addition, Videotel (a KVH company) is a market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training and eLearning.

On the fundamental side, our EOP newsletter noted:

stock market today chart: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Maxfield]

    One of this era’s most successful bankers has decided to relinquish the reins. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) announced on Tuesday that chairman and CEO Richard Davis will step down from his role as CEO at the bank’s annual meeting in April. He’ll stay on as executive chairman of the board, while President and COO Andy Cecere will succeed him in the corner office.

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.

stock market today chart: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    CarMax (KMX) gained 2.4% to $58 after beating earnings and sales forecasts.

    Constellation Brands (STZ) has rallied 4.7% to $169 after beating earnings forecasts and offering optimistic guidance.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

    CarMax reported Q4 earnings of $0.81 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.93 billion.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke about high options activity in CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX). He said traders are buying upside calls, the 75 strike calls and higher. Jon Najarian decided to buy calls in the name and he's planning to hold them for 10 days.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, I dubbed the selloff in auto stocks “car-pocalypse now,” as shares of everything car related tumbled following disappointing auto sales. Shares of General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F)? Check. Auto-part makers like BorgWarner (BWA)? Check. Used-car sellers like AutoNation (AN) and CarMax (KMX)? Check. Auto-part retailers like O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and AutoZone (AZO)? Oh yeah. So is it time to panic?

stock market today chart: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Lubar & Co., Inc’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Lubar+%26+Co.%2C+Inc

    These are the top 5 holdings of Lubar & Co., IncEnLink Midstream LLC (ENLC) – 1,882,007 shares, 37.97% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.40%Hallador Energy Co (HNRG) – 2,788,685 shares, 23.23% of the total portfolio. Vanguard Value ETF – DNQ (VTV) – 77,126 shares, 7.65% of the total portfolio. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 38,400 shares, 6.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF – DNQ (VOE) – 61,550 shares, 6.52% of the tota

stock market today chart: Ellie Mae, Inc.(ELLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Ellie Mae (ELLI) was downgraded to sector perform from outperform at RBC Capital. $90 price target. The company is leveraged to lower expected refinance activity, RBC said. 

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    For a long time, low rates were a huge boon to Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI), which offers subscribers access to the Encompass platform. Encompass helps streamline the mortgage origination process.

  • [By Jason Hall, Brian Stoffel, and Brian Feroldi]

    With that idea in mind, we asked three of our top contributors to write about a stock they see as being a bargain today, and they gave us mortgage industry software lynchpinEllie Mae Inc(NYSE:ELLI), real estate holding companyStore Capital Corp(NYSE:STOR), and steelmaker extraordinaireNucor Corporation(NYSE:NUE).

  • [By Jason Moser]

     Not intimidated by the Fed’s 25-basis-point rate hike in December, Jason chose Ellie Mae (ELLI), a company with a leading cloud productthat facilitates and streamlines the mortgage originations process.

    “Its primary offering, Encompass, is a cloud-based one-stop shop for mortgage originators, allowing them to manage the loan process from start to finish,” Moser says. And by streamlining the process, Ellie Mae’s Encompass “increases efficiency and loan quality, reduces documentation errors, and helps keep everyone out of regulatory trouble.”

    With trailing revenues just below $250 million, Moser pegs the market opportunity as a $5 billion pie, and thinks ELLI will prove to be one of the best stocks to buy for 2016.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week:Corcept Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CORT), Customers Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: CUBI), Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI), Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) and Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA).

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    HR and payroll specialist Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC), mortgage software provider Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI), and cloud computing king for drug companies Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) are the three best software companies you could buy in 2017. They share three key traits that any investor can love: high switching costs, blazing growth rates, and founders or CEOs with lots of skin in the game.

stock market today chart: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(REGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Shares of Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw a handy gain to close out the week after the company won a Delaware court ruling that blocked Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) from selling their cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States. Essentially the court found that the drug Praluent actually infringed upon Amgens patents for its rival treatment Repatha.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after a judge said the company could be forced to stop selling an anti-cholesterol drug due to violating an Amgen (AMGN) patent.

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    Regeneron Pharmaceuticalsdropped 5.8% to $358.68 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,276.98.

    Chardan’sGbola Amusa takes a victory lap:

    Yesterday, after markets closed, it was announced that US Federal District Court Judge Sue Robinson ruled to issue a permanent injunction against Praluent, the PCSK9 mAb for hypercholesterolemia from partners Regeneron and Sanofi, due to infringement of patents from Amgen. The court has imposed a 30-day suspension (stay) on the injunction to allow for settlement or appeal of the District Court decision. Sanofi and Regeneron have announced their intent to appeal the ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). The injunction decision is consistent with our counter-consensus published views communicated on 25 January 2016 (“Downgrade to Sell on evidence of likely infringement of Amgen’s PCSK9 patents”) and subsequently. Based on consultation with expert legal counsel, we now put >75% probability Amgen will prevail on appeal and/or Praluent is ultimately removed from the US market, and/or Amgen achieves a settlement substantially in its favor. We currently model $3.3 bn in non-risk-adjusted 2022E US revenues for Praluent, while consensus models $1.2 bn in 2022E US revenues. We reiterate our view from 25 January 2016 to preferentially own Amgen, The Medicines Company (MDCO) (Buy), and Alnylam (ALNY) (Buy) over Regeneron for exposure to PCSK9 inhibitor market dynamics as outcomes trials approach.

    While the loss is bad news for Regeneron, Barron’s Johanna Bennettargues that it could herald a comeback for Amgen.

    Regeneron’s market capitalization fell to $38.5 billion today from $40.2 bil

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After years of rising and falling in tandem, the biotech sector is all about stock picking now. Credit Suisse analyst Alethia Young and team, for instance, upgraded Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), and added Celgene (CELG) to its Focus List today. But Amgen (AMGN) wasn’t so lucky as Young cut it to Neutral from Outperform. She explains why:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after a competitor’s competing drug failed a Phase 3 trial.

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    Regenerongained 3.8% to $387.10 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.1% to 2,256.96.

    RBC’s Adnan Butt and Michael Yee offer their take:

    Two Phase 3 studies comparing Ophthotechs (OPHT) Fovista plus Lucentis to Lucentis alone did not meet the primary endpoint of demonstrating a better vision for the combination at 12 months. The improvements were 10.24 letters for the combo vs. 10.01 for Lucentis when the two Phase 3s were combined. Individually, one Phase 3 showed combo improvement of 10.74 letters vs. 9.82 letters alone and the second 9.91 letters vs. 10.36 letters with Lucentis alone. A third Phase 3 study combining Fovista with Eylea or Avastin is ongoing…

    Big overhang removed; [Regeneron] shares should be up and then continue to rise with the focus moving to dupilumab. Overhang was that Fovista success and approval could disrupt the market for Eylea as more docs tried combining nearly free Avastin (off-label) with Fovista to improve outcomes with patients. We had always argued that even under that scenario Eylea would be used since it is the most potent agent. We are buyers at current level especially ahead of the upcoming dupilumab launch.

    Regeneron’s market capitalization rose to $51.5 billion today from $39.3 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $636 million on sales of $4.1 billion in 2015.

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President Donald Trumps inauguration speech on Friday didnt derail the stock market, but it also didnt give investors who fear the new administrations emphasis wont be as market friendly as they had once anticipated any reason to be bullish.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, its going to be only America first, America first, Trump said, in a speech that echoed his campaign rhetoric.

small stocks: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

small stocks: Kinder Morgan, Inc.(KMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) reported first-quarter 2017 results after markets closed Wednesday. The midstream giant posted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.17 per share on revenues of $3.42 billion. In the same period a year ago KMI posted EPS of $0.18 on revenues of $3.2 billion. Consensus estimates called for EPS of $0.18 and revenues of $3.35 billion for the first quarter.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Treehouse Foods (THS) , TG Therapeutics (TGTX) , Kinder Morgan (KMI) , Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Arconic (ARNC) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    That includes pipeline companies like Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI), which already operates a pipeline transporting natural gas from Texas into Mexico, and master limited partnerships (MLPs) Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP), the company that has (so far) failed to get U.S. approval for its Keystone Pipeline expansion from Canada’s oil sands across the U.S. border.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Shares of pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) got shellacked back in late 2015 and early 2016 as it cut its dividend to shore up its balance sheet and avoid a debt-rating downgrade to junk status. The dividend cut enabled it to internally fund much of its growth plan instead of relying so much on capital markets. By the end of 2017, thanks to that prudent financial management, it expects to have its debt rating comfortably back in the investment-grade range.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Finally, both of Phillips 66’s MLPs have several projects underway to drive growth in 2017 and beyond. At Phillips 66 Partners, progress continues on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which it’s building with Energy Transfer and Sunoco Logistics Partners. The partners expect this project to enter commercial service by the end of this year. Meanwhile, Phillips 66 Partners announced that it is developing a new isomerization unit at a Phillips 66 refinery, with final approval of the project expected early next year. Over at DCP Midstream, work continues on its Sand Hills Pipeline expansion, which should enter service this year. In addition, the company is constructing a new gas processing plant in the DJ Basin that should start up by the end of next year. Finally, DCP Midstream signed on as an anchor shipper and partner for Kinder Morgan’s (NYSE:KMI) proposed Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project. Initially, Kinder Morgan thought this would be a $1 billion project to build up to 1.7 billion cubit feet per day of natural gas transportation capacity. However, bids for capacity have significantly exceeded the proposed plan, which could lead the company to increase the size of this project.

small stocks: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.(JAKK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely going in one direction while shares of peers likemid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT)and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have gone in the other direction:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One under-$10 toy player that’s trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Jakks Pacific (JAKK), which is a producer and marketer of children’s toys and other consumer products. This stock has been destroyed by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 60%.

    If you take a look at the chart for Jakks Pacific, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares plunging from its high of $11.75 to its recent low of $4.82 a share. During that downtrend, shares of JAKK have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of JAKK look like they might be ready to see an end to its downside volatility in the short-term if the recent lows can hold. I believe this due to the fact that JAKK has started to move sideways and trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JAKK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.08 to $5.27 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 695,817 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JAKK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.68 to its 50-day moving average at $6.07 a share. Any high-volume move above its 50-day will then put $7 to $8 into range for shares of JAKK.

    Traders can look to buy JAKK off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $4.87 to $4.82 a share. One can also buy JAKK off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely trending upward while shares of peers like mid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT) and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have largely trended downward:

small stocks: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    One of this era’s most successful bankers has decided to relinquish the reins. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) announced on Tuesday that chairman and CEO Richard Davis will step down from his role as CEO at the bank’s annual meeting in April. He’ll stay on as executive chairman of the board, while President and COO Andy Cecere will succeed him in the corner office.

small stocks: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.(BWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested mid cap natural gas pipeline stock Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) as a bullish/long trade: