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After a take-over bid for InterOil (NYSE:IOC) by OilSearch (OSH) was topped by Exxon (NYSE:XON), even paying the $60M fine on behalf of InterOil to OilSearch. The InterOil board proposed shareholders to accept the Exxon offer, as they had done with the OilSearch offer.

Shareholders approved with roughly 80% of the shares voted (the latter amounted to 72% of outstanding shares), with the notable exception of founder and former InterOil CEO Phil Mulacek and roughly 10% of the shares dissented with Mulacek.

The Exxon deal

$45 per InterOil share in shares Exxon. A Contingent Resource Payment (NYSE:CRP) of $7.07 per share for every Tcfe of gas above 6.2Tcfe but capped at 10Tcfe and a maximum of $26.87 a share.

Yukon Appeals Court

While the deal was approved after a fairness hearing, Mulacek (after blasting the deal as vastly inadequate earlier) appealed and on November 4 the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and effectively denied the approval of the Exxon takeover. You can read that appeal’s verdict in its entirety here.

stock market shares: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CASTLE+CREEK+CAPITAL+PARTNERS+IV%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LPGuaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,448,849 shares, 39.1% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 1,876,423 shares, 23.6% of the total portfolio. WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) – 489,377 shares, 15.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4558.07%Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc (EVBS) – 1,061,225 shares, 12.33% of the total portfolio. First NBC Bank Holding Co (FNBC) – 2,205,382 shares, 9.78% of the total portfolio. Added: Wa

stock market shares: AFC Enterprises Inc.(AFCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By AnnaLisa Kraft]

    AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ: AFCE  ) , which owns the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen quick- serve chain, once an undiscovered gem, has now soared 66% over the last year.

stock market shares: On Assignment Inc.(ASGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewslettersuggested suggested small cap employment services stockOn Assignment, Inc (NYSE: ASGN) as a short trade thats already turned profitable for us:

stock market shares: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Memberships and Peers: PBCT is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers Index. The company’s peer group includes: Bank of America Corporation (BAC) with a 0.3% yield, Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) with a 3.7% yield and Westfield Financial Inc. (WFD) with a 3.5% yield.

stock market performance

If I have to vote for one of the strangest market reactions to a quarterly report, GoPro’s (GPRO) recent Q3’17 numbers are probably on the top of my list.

First of all, GPRO’s management had guided higher two months earlier, stating revenue will be in the upper range between $290M and $310M. Not only did it beat that number (which was already something the market did not expect), but it beat it by a whopping $20M and the revenue increase was 37% Y/Y.

If that was not enough, the company reported GAAP EPS of $0.10 and adjusted EPS of $0.15, blowing the consensus by $0.13.

And the end result was that the stock was down by about 11% on the reporting date. Supposedly, the reason for the drop was guidance that called for about $470M in revenue for Q4 vs. the $520M the market was expecting.

So is the market right or wrong? The market is dead wrong, of course, it just doesn’t know it yet. To give you just one reason why the market is wrong, please take a look at the chart below:

stock market performance: Mallinckrodt plc(MNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mallinckrodt (MNK) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after Citron Research accused the company of fraud.

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    Mallinckrodt tumbled 12% to $59.60 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,176.94.

    Leerink’s Jason Gerberry and Etzer Darout explain the allegations:

    Mallinckrodtshares are down -7-8% based on a short report citing CMS dashboard data which call into question Acthar Gel sales derived from government sources (CMS; Medicaid & Medicare). The report appears to overstate Acthar CMS sales as a percent of total product sales, as the methodology utilized by CMS drug spending dashboard for Medicare spend is based on gross sales, not net., although it’s unclear to what extent Acthar CMS sales are overstated.

    The report suggestsMallinckrodt mgmt understated combined Medicaid/Medicare sales on an investor call, saying it was about a little bit higher than a quarter of the business vs. gross sales on CMS dashboard implying sales were 61% of total Acthar net revenue (an apples to oranges comparison). We dont know the exact net sales of Acthar to Medicare/Medicaid, but we believe it is safe to assume Medicaid, after CPI price penalties had high discounts/rebates and assuming an 80% gross-to-net ratio on the Medicare book ($504m gross) suggests Acthar net sales would be closer to 38-45% range vs. the 61% figure cited in the short-report. Why this may matter Acthar Gel is an old product lacking good randomized, controlled data consistent with most products approved in the modern era. The report appears to be an attempt to call into question whether the government should be paying Acthars average $80-100k net price/patient/year by calling to this to the attention of government figures who have been targeting excessive drug pricing issues. This type of issue became a major headache for Mylan (MYL) investors recently with EpiPen.Mallinckrodt is presenting at a compe

  • [By Keith Speights]

    That’s the question investors are trying to answer about how President Trump’s policies might impact healthcare stocks. So far, specific policy proposals put forward by the president appear likely to cause significant problems for certain healthcare stocks. Here’s why three of President Trump’s policies could be downright terrible for Molina Healthcare(NYSE:MOH), Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK), and Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mallinckrodt (MNK) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings topped the Street consensus but offered commentary that spooked investors.

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    Shares of Mallinckrodt dropped 9.1% to $52.42, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1%.

    Barclays analyst Douglas Tsao and Morgan Williams callMallinckrodt’s plunge “outsized.” They explain why:

    In our view the sell-off afterMallinckrodt reported CY3Q16 earnings is outsized considering much of the disclosure on the call was largely expected, including specialty generics weakness and the 2017 outlook, which seemed relatively mild. While outsized Acthar contribution to EBITDA may be accounting for some of the sell-off, wed argue that there is benefit to the brand outperforming, especially considering the need to offset Therakos production issues in CY4Q16 and CY1Q17 as well as specialty generics weakness. We recognize some lingering headline risk associated with media reports criticizing the cost of Acthar to Medicare, after CMS released its prescription drug spending dashboard.

    Mallinckrodt’s market capitalization fell to $5.7 billion today from $6.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $306 million on revenue of $3.3 billion in 2015.

    This marks the third time in less than two weeks that Mallinckrodt was the S&P 500′s biggest loser.

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Sell-side analysts continue to defend drug maker Mallinckrodts (MNK) shares on the heel of Citron Researchs report on the company released last week.

    Earlier today, UBS analyst Marc Goodman and his team weighed into the fray, proclaiming that a misunderstood situation creates opportunity.

    Goodman, who rates Mallinckrodt at a buy with a $92 price target, argues that Mallinckrodt is a different breed from other specialty drug makers, with high-quality earnings, sales growth fueled by volume not price hikes and an emerging pipeline we think is not just underappreciated but really not even part of the conversation with most investors.

    Also, he argues that Mallinckrodt continues to be misunderstood by investors.

    Goodman goes into goes into more detail:

    we were surprised this past week by the debate around Acthar’s Medicare exposure (~30% or ~40%), which in our view has little relevance to the overall MNK story. The key debate since the Questcor deal has been Acthar payer coverage and concerns for more barriers andor coverage blocks by the payers. There was reason for concern just 2 years ago, in our view, as several important payers increased barriers. But mgt’s aggressive focus on enhancing clinical and health-economics data to help support better coverage seems to be working and has resulted in improved coverage, which we believe is still not well appreciated.

    Mallinckrodt shares continue to climb today, rising 4.8% to a recent $57.20.

stock market performance: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CASTLE+CREEK+CAPITAL+PARTNERS+IV%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LPGuaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,448,849 shares, 39.1% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 1,876,423 shares, 23.6% of the total portfolio. WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) – 489,377 shares, 15.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4558.07%Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc (EVBS) – 1,061,225 shares, 12.33% of the total portfolio. First NBC Bank Holding Co (FNBC) – 2,205,382 shares, 9.78% of the total portfolio. Added: Wa

stock market performance: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.(TYPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE) were down around 12 percent to $20.90 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), up 9 percent, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (ADR) (NYSE: SMI), up 6 percent.

stock market performance: CGG(CGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    First up is French oil service firm CGG Veritas (CGG)
    . The Eurozone-based energy stock hasn’t exactly posted blockbuster performance in 2013, but investors who ignore CGG for the final stretch of the year could be making a big mistake. That’s because of a bullish technical pattern that’s emerging in shares right now.

    CGG spent most of the last eight months looking anything but bullish. But an ascending triangle pattern is changing that. The pattern is formed by horizontal resistance to the upside at $26, and uptrending support to the below shares. Basically, as CGG bounces in between those two technical levels, it’s getting squeezed closer and closer to a breakout above $26. When that happens, traders have a buy signal.

    The ascending triangle pattern in CGG Veritas isn’t exactly textbook. That’s because the setup is forming at the bottom of a downtrend, rather than in the middle of an uptrend – but it’s a mistake to get caught up on the textbook pictures of what trading patterns are supposed to look like. On a move through $26, the trading implications are just as actionable.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CGG SA (ADR) (NYSE: CGG) shares shot up 32 percent to $7.15 after the company reported an agreement in principle on financial restructuring plan with main creditors and DNCA.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from CGG SA (ADR) (NYSE: CGG) and Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: GEOS).

stock market performance: Alphatec Holdings, Inc.(ATEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) were down around 25 percent to $2.00 as the company reported an $18.9 million private placement.

    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) was down, falling around 15 percent to $0.872. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.

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    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
    Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston

stock market crash

Wall Street didn’t flinch at the sudden exits of White House officials like Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer. Things may not stay as calm if Gary Cohn follows them out the door.

Cohn is President Trump’s top economic adviser, and considered to be one of the most important remaining players in the administration. Cohn has acted as a moderating force on Trump’s populist instincts on delicate issues like trade. Cohn is also quarterbacking the push to cut taxes along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Cohn is such a vital member of Team Trump that rumors over his resignation due to the president’s handling of the violence in Charlottesville spooked the market last week, briefly causing stocks to drop on Thursday morning. A White House official sought to reassure Wall Street, telling reporters that “nothing has changed,” and that reports of Cohn’s stepping down as director of the National Economic Council are “100% false.”

Investors are hoping that the former Goldman Sachs (GS) president will remain a source of stability and reason in the often-chaotic White House.

stock market crash: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

stock market crash: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JACK HOUGH]

    Like CVS, Discover has trounced the broad market over the long term but sold off recently. It’s down more than 15% this year. Costs rose early in the year in part due to one-time expenses related to anti-money-laundering efforts and other regulatory concerns. Analysts predict an offsetting decline in expenses next year. Don’t confuse Discover with a company that’s primarily in the business of running a credit-card network, like Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). It’s basically a credit-card lender, like Capital One Financial (COF), that runs its own network to gain a competitive advantage.

    By saving on network fees, Discover can offer attractive card rewards, including a popular cash-back program. Any card lender can offer cash back, of course, but being too aggressive risks hurting margins. Discover has grown its portfolio of credit-card loans much faster than big banks have in recent years. And it has done so with industry-leading returns on capital. Rising growth could be on the way. Early this year, Discover went on a marketing spree. Last quarter, it reported its best card growth since 2007. Historically, new-card growth and loan growth have been closely correlated. In a November note to investors, Morgan Stanley analyst Cheryl Pate predicted accelerating loan growth within six months. Meanwhile, defaults remain low. Shares sell for less than 10 times projected earnings for the next four quarters, down from 12 times at the end of last year. They could rise 20% on a combination of earnings growth and a valuation rebound. The dividend yield is 2%. 

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    While a new year has been ushered in, it is clear PayPal’s philosophy has not changed. Last week, PayPal entered into another major agreement, this time with credit card issuerDiscover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We get the bull case.American Express is a blue-chip Dow component with an iconic global brand. It generates >30% returns on tangible, but it is trading well below its historical multiple and has underperformed post the election. Costco is now in the rearview mirror, and the string of negative surprises that have weighed on the stock are now poised to abate and position the company to start surprising positively. With Capital One Financial (COF), Discover Financial Services (DFS), and Synchrony Financial (SYF) all trading near their historical peaks, some have concluded thatAmerican Express is headed back to its historical high above $90. While this thought process may sound logical, we believe it only works in a world where generalists are steering the ship, and view it as highly susceptible to unraveling when negative revisions hit. American Express is not the business it once was, it doesnt have the same earnings power, and, in our view, it doesnt deserve to trade near its historical valuation.

stock market crash: Nam Tai Electronics Inc.(NTE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another stock that’s starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Nam Tai Electronics (NTE), which is an electronics manufacturing and design services provider to a select group of the world’s leading OEMs of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 41%.

    If you look at the chart for Nam Tai Electronics, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $6.05 to its recent high of $8.38 a share. During that uptrend, shares of NTE have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of NTE within range of triggering a big breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NTE if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.38 to $8.79 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 647,483 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NTE will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from April that started near $11.50 a share. If this stock gets into that gap with volume, then the upside is tremendous and we could easily see NTE hit $11 to $12 a share.

    Traders can look to buy NTE off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $7.42 a share, or below more key support at $7.22 a share. One can also buy NTE off strength once it takes out that breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

stock market crash: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CASTLE+CREEK+CAPITAL+PARTNERS+IV%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LPGuaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,448,849 shares, 39.1% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 1,876,423 shares, 23.6% of the total portfolio. WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) – 489,377 shares, 15.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4558.07%Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc (EVBS) – 1,061,225 shares, 12.33% of the total portfolio. First NBC Bank Holding Co (FNBC) – 2,205,382 shares, 9.78% of the total portfolio. Added: Wa

stock market crash: Barnes & Noble, Inc.(BKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
    Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap book retailer Barnes & Noble, Inc (NYSE: BKS) reported fiscal Q2 2018 earnings with shares falling several percent in premarket trading on a wider-than-expected loss and a continued sales decline. Total sales fell 7.9% to$791.1 million as comparable store sales decreased 6.3% with approximately half of this decline attributable to last year’s release of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The balance of the decline was primarily due to non-book categories. Revenue has fallen year-over-year for 14-straight quarterswhile same-store sales have fallen for eight-straight quarters. The consolidated net loss was $30.1 million versusa loss of $20.4 million. Outlook was given as the following:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Chegg Inc and potentialsmall cap performance benchmarksHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ: HMHC)and Barnes & Noble Education Inc (NYSE: BNED), a spin off from Barnes & Noble, Inc (NYSE: BKS), slipping into underperformance:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) posted its highest-ever stock price at above $45 a share in March of 2006. By March of 2011 it had dropped below $9 a share, and it posted a new all-time low of $7.25 in February of last year.

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories decreased by 1.3 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial crude inventory of 489 million barrels. The commercial crude inventory is now at the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.

Tuesday evening the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported that crude inventories fell by 1.28 million barrels in the week ending November 18. API also reported gasoline supplies increased by 2.7 million barrels and distillate inventories fell by 350,000 barrels. For the same period, analysts had estimated an increase of 1 million barrels in crude inventories along with a rise of 900,000 barrels in gasoline supplies, and a decrease of 700,000 barrels of distillates as well.

Total gasoline inventories increased by 2.3 million barrels last week, according to the EIA, and remain well above the upper limit of the five-year average range. Total motor gasoline supplied (the agency’s measure of consumption) averaged 9.2 million barrels a day for the past four weeks, up by 0.6% compared with the same period a year ago.

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CASTLE+CREEK+CAPITAL+PARTNERS+IV%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of CASTLE CREEK CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, LPGuaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,448,849 shares, 39.1% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 1,876,423 shares, 23.6% of the total portfolio. WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) – 489,377 shares, 15.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4558.07%Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc (EVBS) – 1,061,225 shares, 12.33% of the total portfolio. First NBC Bank Holding Co (FNBC) – 2,205,382 shares, 9.78% of the total portfolio. Added: Wa

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Google had argued its ads help smaller European merchants compete directly with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY).

    Before the Intel case came down, Vestager said Tuesday that Google was tweaking its shopping ads and was moving “in the right direction” to avoid further fines.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap Namaste Technologies (OTCMKTS: NXTTF; CNSX: N)is already a global leader in vaporizer product distribution and manufacturing (as itowns and operates over 30 online retail sites in 20+ countries); but its about to become even bigger thanks to a deal announced last week with eCommerce behemoth eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY). As one of a select number of companies in the vaporizers and accessories industry to be permitted to distribute through eBay’s marketplace, Namaste Technologies will list its products under the recently launched vaporizers and e-cigarettes category.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Hundreds of companies have come out in support of the Paris climate agreement, sealed in December 2015. More than 300 businesses in November signed an open letter calling on Trump and Congress to stay in the pact, including Nike (NKE) , General Mills (GIS) , Tiffany & Co. (TIF) , eBay (EBAY) and Gap (GPS) . Apple (AAPL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) were among those signing onto an ad sponsored by sustainability advocate Ceres backing the agreement. The group has also gotten the support of over 280 investors representing more than $17 trillion of assets.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    That includes Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) – their combined market caps are worth $1.5 trillion.

Top Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) has $125 billion in SIFI-measured assets and also focuses its operations in the Midwest and Southeast. A cost-saving initiative has helped the bank increase its earnings and savings goals for two quarters and management now believes it can complete the program, saving $400 million in expenses a year earlier in 2018.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Income investors often turn to bank stocks when looking for a steady dividend, but few offer the dividend growth potential of Southeastern regional bankRegions Financial (NYSE:RF).

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

Wells Fargo is having a hard time getting Americans to sign up for credit cards these days.

Credit card applications at Wells Fargo plunged by 55% in February, the sharpest decline since the bank’s fake account scandal erupted last September.

Another sign of trouble: Wells Fargo (WFC) said Monday that consumers opened 43% fewer checking accounts than a year ago and interactions with branch bankers fell by 21% in the same month.

Despite taking a series of steps to restore trust with customers, Wells Fargo community banking head Mary Mack admitted “we have more work to do.”

Mack said Wells Fargo ramped up its advertising in February and plans to launch a new marketing campaign in April.

Wells Fargo has suffered double-digit declines in checking account openings and credit card applications each month since the settlement that set off shockwaves across the nation and internally at the bank.

But the February plunge in credit card applications was worse than even the 50% decline Wells Fargo experienced in October during the height of the scandal.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: PAR Technology Corporation(PAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Tuesday, technology shares gained by 1.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: HIMX), up 13 percent, and PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), up 9 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $6.59. Par Technology reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.13 per share on revenue of $56.8 million.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), better known as Petrobras, is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.05 per share, as well as $18.05 million in revenue. Shares ended the weekat $8.91. The consensus price target is $11.22, and the 52-week range is $4.98 to $12.56.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest at Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, decreased to 42.63 million shares from the previous 43.53 million. The stock traded at $9.06 a share, in a 52-week range of $5.19 to $12.56. Unfortunately, Petrobras may be trading on an entirely different set of fundamentals and sentiment due to its ongoing woes in Brazil.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Petroleo Brasileira SA Petrobras (NYSE ADR: PBR) is Brazil’s largest oil company and it’s our seventh best oil stock of 2016. Petrobras is an oil and natural gas exploration and production firm. It is also an operator of oil tankers, pipelines, and terminals in South America and globally.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Alan Knuckman of Bulls-Eye Option said on Bloomberg Markets that he would buy Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR)(NYSE: PBR), because it could benefit from the strength in crude oil.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), better known as Petrobras, is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results late Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a profit of $0.16 per share, as well as $23.81 billion in revenue. Shares ended the weekat $8.86. The consensus price target is $10.82, and the 52-week range is $7.61 to $12.56.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s on Friday raised its corporate credit rating on Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), commonly known as Petrobras, one notch, from B+ to BB-. The rating change does not lift Petrobras out of the non-investment grade category, but it lowers the risk from “highly speculative” to “speculative.”

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: CytRx Corporation(CYTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another under-$10 biotechnology player that’s starting to trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade is CytRx (CYTR), which has an oncology pipeline that includes two programs in clinical development for cancer indications: aldoxorubicin and tamibarotene. This stock has been moving to the upside during the last three months, with shares up by 21%.

    If you take a look at the chart for CytRx, you’ll notice that this stock has been trending sideways inside of a consolidation chart pattern for the last two months, with shares moving between $2.27 on the downside and $2.68 on the upside. That consolidation pattern has occurred right above this stock’s 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Shares of CYTR have now started to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $2.49 a share. That move is quickly pushing CYTR within range of triggering an even bigger breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern.

    Market players should now look for long-biased trades in CYTR if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.68 to $2.80 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 154,838 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then CYTR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.20 to $4 a share.

    Traders can look to buy CYTR off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 200-day at $2.33 a share or below more support at $2.27 a share. One can also buy CYTR 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.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc(WFBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: FMC Technologies, Inc.(FTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.