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Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018

Washington’s increased scrutiny of technology giants could spell trouble for their stocks, if history is any guide.

Technology is the least regulated industry sector, with just 27,000 regulations versus 215,000 for manufacturing and 128,000 for the financial sector, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. That light touch could change in the wake of Facebook’s consumer data scandal, likely leading to significant pressure on the best-performing S&P 500 industry sector.

“Tobacco (1992), financial (2010), biotech (2015) industries illustrate how waves of regulation can lead to investment underperformance,” Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at BofAML, said in a Sunday report. The statement is his 10th and last in a list of reasons to reduce holdings of technology stocks this year.

Equity bubbles popped by regulation

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Pretium Resources, Inc.(PVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a down day for the stock market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting triple-digit losses even as broader benchmarks had much smaller moves. Market participants largely focused their attention on the inflation front, as March consumer price index numbers showed a 0.2% rise in the core rate excluding food and energy. Year-over-year price changes have accelerated, seemingly giving the Federal Reserve more justification to continue raising interest rates. Yet even though many stocks generally react unfavorably to inflation fears, there were some big gainers that had good news. Hilton Worldwide Holdings (NYSE:HLT), Pretium (NYSE:PVG), and Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Pretium Resources (PVG) remains on target with its development of what will be a world-class gold mine in British Columbia. The Brucejack property is slated to begin commercial production in mid-2017.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.(CDTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $10.25 million.

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $22.10 million.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Prestige Brand Holdings Inc.(PBH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Castor believes the cash has disappeared into working capital, which has grown from 23% to more than 50% since 2008. Comparable company PrestigeBrand (PBH) uses 11%; Unilever(UL) and Colgate-Palmolive(CL) far less.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Neptune Technologies & Bioresources Inc(NEPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ: NEPT) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $9.70 million.

    Apigee Corp (NASDAQ: APIC) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.27 per share on revenue of $23.17 million.

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

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  • [By William Romov]

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Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Nabors Industries Ltd.(NBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last night, Weatherford International (WFT) reported a smaller than expected loss and announcing an alliance with Nabors Industries (NBR)–and the news was celebrated by the market.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian was watching Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR). He said that the stock has been trading in a range between $8 and $18 over the last 52 weeks and although it spiked 2.82 percent on Wednesday, it's still close to the lower end of the range. Anticipating a move higher, traders were buying the June 11 calls for $0.30. Around 6,000 contracts were bought in the first half of the session. The trade breaks even at $11.30 or 10.78 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian decided to buy the calls and he is going to hold them for 4-5 weeks.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian spoke about Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR). He said that somebody bought 6,500 contracts of the July 11 calls for $0.50 in the first half of the session. The trade breaks even at $11.50 or 16.28 percent above the current market price. Jon Najarian has a long position in the name and he is planning to hold it for a month.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) rose by 22.3% to $16.11 on Wednesday. Its volume of 17.4 million shares was about 2.5 times normal trading volume. Nabors has a consensus analyst price target of $15.04 and a 52-week trading range of $4.93 to $16.50. The company has a total market cap of $4.6 billion.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Wins Finance Holdings Inc.(WINS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Navient Corp (NASDAQ: NAVI).

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: NeuroMetrix Inc.(NURO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    NeuroMetrix (NURO) makes and markets wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices. Cash per share is $1.37, with the stock selling more than 20% below that.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: LaSalle Hotel Properties(LHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) fell about 14% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $24.00 after closing at $28.25 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $31.75. Volume of about 12.2 million was more than 10 times the daily average. The company’s results were hit hard by Hurricane Irma.

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.(PDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: PDM) dropped about 3.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $17.35. Shares closed at $17.98 on Monday and the stock’s 52-week high is $22.74. Volume was about 60% above the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: AxoGen, Inc.(AXGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) was down, falling around 10 percent to $22.42. AxoGen reported a proposed public offering of common stock.

    Commodities

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The price for a single bitcoin exceeded the price of an ounce of gold for the first time ever Thursday, but the digital currency isnt ready to join gold or silver as a reliable long term store of value, Paul Mladjenovic, author of Precious Metals Investing for Dummies, told MarketWatch.

I want to see a lot more stability and I want to see that [bitcoin] has the same characteristics of durability that gold and silver have had over not just years but centuries, Mladjenovic said in a Facebook Live interview.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wins Finance Holdings Inc.(WINS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Navient Corp (NASDAQ: NAVI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 1.32% at $75.25. The stock’s 52-week range is $50.27 to $76.55. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 4.7 million shares. The company traded had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 0.64% at $73.89. The stock’s 52-week range is $50.27 to $75.74. Volume was less than half the daily average of around 4.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 2.56% at $95.17. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.51 to $102.39. Volume was about equal to the daily average of about 3.9 million. The company had no specific news today.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    When you look at the stocks that have led us higher–Goldman Sachs (GS) , JPMorgan (JPM) , Travelers (TRV) , United Health (UNH) , Walt Disney (DIS) , American Express  (AXP) , Verizon (VZ) , Boeing (BA) , Caterpillar (CAT) and Chevron (CVX) , all up more than 10%–you come up with stocks where there just aren’t a lot of profit-takers.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.48 in EPS and $8.29 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $92.86, in a 52-week range of $59.78 to $92.92. The consensus analyst target is $89.91.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Target (TGT) — yielding 3.09%
    American Express (AXP) — yielding 1.73%
    CVS Health (CVS) — yielding 2.12%
    Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) — yielding 2.79%
    Philip Morris Int’l (PM) — yielding 4.52%
    Gap Inc. (GPS) — yielding 3.61%
    Franklin Resources (BEN) — yielding 1.80%
    T. Rowe Price (TROW) — yielding 2.83%
    Omnicom Group (OMC) — yielding 2.49%
    TJX Companies (TJX)—yielding 1.33%

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate.
    US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
    Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive
    Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy
    Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight
    RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform
    Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

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    Exploding biotech names are nothing new to this bull market. You might recall the headline swirling around Endocyte Inc. (NASDAQ:ECYT) as it posted one-day gains of more than 150% during the fourth quarter. The triple-digit move was sparked by a licensing agreement for the firms phase 3 prostate cancer drug. Now, these moves are becoming almost commonplace.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) were down 31 percent to $1.89 after the company issued clinical updates for EC1456 and EC1169, and announced plans to reduce workforce by 40 percent via restructuring. Endocyte said that it is continuing EC1169 program in taxane-exposed patients, but ending clinical development of EC1456 and EC1169 in taxane-na茂ve patients.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tiptree Financial Inc.(TIPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Shutterfly Inc.(SFLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    When Shutterfly Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) released its fourth-quarter earnings report after the markets closed on Wednesday, the company said it had $2.63 in earnings per share (EPS) and $561.2 million in revenue. The consensus estimates had called for $2.84 in EPS and revenue of $586.4 million. In the same period of last year, it posted EPS of $3.57 and $548.1 million in revenue.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now

Source: ThinkstockDecember 12, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.2% at 2,664.15. The DJIA closed up 0.5% at 24,505.36. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 0.2% at 6,862.32.

Tuesday was a mixed day for the broad U.S. markets. The Dow and S&P 500 again hit intraday highs, while the Nasdaq lagged. Crude oil gave back all its gains from Monday and then some. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive on the day with one very large exception. The best performing sectors were financials and real estate up 1% and 0.4%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were utilities and energy down 1.7% and 0.3%, respectively.

Crude oil was down 1.3% at $57.22.

Gold was down 0.1% at $1,242.60.

The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM) which traded down over 7% at $37.80. The stocks 52-week range is $31.39 to $41.53. Volume was 8.3 million versus the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Trina Solar Limited(TSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The firm has a Sell rating on First Solar, JA Solar Holdings and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL). It maintains a NC rating on SunPower Corporation, Canadian Solar and JinkoSolar Holding.

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    Axiom Capital Managing Director Gordon Johnson upgraded the entire alternative energy sector from Market Underweight to Market Overweight and upgraded SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) from Sell to Hold and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL), Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) from Sell to Buy.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another potential earnings short-squeeze candidate is integrated solar-power products maker Trina Solar (TSL), which is set to release numbers on next Monday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Trina Solar to report revenue of $645.68 million on earnings of 15 cents per share.

    The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Trina Solar is extremely high at 24.5%. That means that out of the 76.94 million shares in the tradable float, 18.88 million shares are sold short by the bears. If the bulls get the earnings news they’re looking for, then shares of TSL could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the bears move to cover some of their positions.

    From a technical perspective, TSL is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $8.67 to $9.04 a share. Shares of TSL have now started to rebound off those support levels and it’s quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade post-earnings above some key near-term overhead resistance levels.

    If you’re bullish on TSL, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.72 to $11.19 a share and then above its 50-day moving average of $11.17 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 5.17 million shares. If that breakout materializes post-earnings, then TSL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $12.49 to $14 a share, or even $14.50 to $15 a share.

    I would avoid TSL or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some near-term support levels at $10 a share to those double bottom support levels at $9.04 to $8

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: The Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund, Inc.(CUBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    This "Trump pick" is a snub to the President’s trade and diplomatic reversals of Obama’s wins regarding Cuba. We are buying back Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund (CUBA), following in the footsteps of its founder, Tom Herzfeld, and his son Erik.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: PetMed Express, Inc.(PETS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap pet stockPetmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) reportedQ2 earnings before the market opened this morning with shares soaring this morning as earnings were well beyond expectations. Net sales increased 10% to $66.7 million as new order sales increased 9% to $11.6 million while the Company’s online sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were approximately 84% of all sales compared to 82% for the same quarter the prior year (with online sales increasing 12%). Net income was $8.8 million versusnet income of $4.9 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap pet stockPetmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) reportedQ3 earnings before the market opened this morning with shares already rising towards a record high on earnings that beat expectationsplus the Companyraised its dividend by 25%. Net sales rose 13.7% to $60.1 millionwhile net income increased 88% to $9.1 million.The CEO commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged 0.22 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS), up 20 percent, and Kroger Co (NYSE: KR), up 3 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) isstill below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been much stronger performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products now roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) is well below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been the best performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wins Finance Holdings Inc.(WINS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Navient Corp (NASDAQ: NAVI).

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Diageo plc(DEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Retirees should generally invest in companies with wide moats and solid dividends. In a previous article, I noted that AT&T and Unilever were easy-to-understand companies that were ideal for most retirement portfolios. Today, I’ll add two more companies to that list — alcoholic beverage giants Diageo (NYSE:DEO) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD).

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Given this less than favorable outlook, the analysts downgrade Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO)’s stock rating from Buy to Hold with a price target on the U.K.-listed stock of GBP25.50.

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Distillers

    Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BF.B): Hold.
    Price Target: $46.00.

    Davide Campari Milano SpA (ADR) (OTC: DVDCY): Buy.
    Price Target: 7.40 euros.

    Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO): Hold.
    Price Target: 25.50 pounds.

    PERNOD RICARD EUR1.55 (OTC: PDRDF): Hold.
    Price Target: 98 euros.

    REMY COINTREAU EUR1.60 (OTC: REMYF): Hold.
    Price Target: 99 euros.

    The authors relied on U.S. Census data, industry sources and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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Imagine your spouse is ill, and you meet with an estate planning attorney to get your family affairs in order. Your attorney drafts a trust document and a will. You and your spouse sign it. You think everything is fine.

Your spouse passes, and shortly after that, you find that the accounts are not set up to transfer the way you both intended. Everything is not fine. Can this happen?

Yes, and it happens all the time.

stock tips: Wins Finance Holdings Inc.(WINS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Navient Corp (NASDAQ: NAVI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

stock tips: Seaboard Corporation(SEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Thanksgiving is almost here and aside from featuring a turkey, most Thanksgiving dinners will include items from a range of consumer stocks including Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE: FDP) and McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC) along with aThanksgiving turkey from Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL)or Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB). According tothe American Farm Bureau Federation,a classic Thanksgiving dinner will cost$49.87 for a gathering of 10 orjust under $5 per person down from 2015s all-time high of $50.11.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

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

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

  • [By John Udovich]

    Thanksgiving is almost here but the exit of both Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC) and Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) to focus on their chicken or pork businesses (the latter was also acquired by the Chinese) leaves just two big Thanksgiving turkey stocks, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB), for investors to consider. According to the American Far Bureau, a 16-pound turkey will (on average) come in at a total of $22.74 this year or roughly $1.42 per pound for a decrease of 2 cents per pound or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015. The price drop may be a transition back to the norm as the significant bird flu outbreak last year hurt the nations supply of both turkey and eggs.

stock tips: Limelight Networks Inc.(LLNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
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stock tips: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    KeyBanc analysts upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Friday, noting that the company has a number of positive developments that could provide a floor for the stock.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Underweight” to “Hold.”

    KeyBanc analyst Christopher O’Cull said, “We are raising our rating for The Wendy’s Company to HOLD as we believe: 1) Wendy’s SRS performance will diverge from the industry for the foreseeable future as new products are supported by more effective use of marketing dollars; 2) better menu and promotional management will lead to improved franchisee profitability (a focus of the new CFO Todd Penegor); and 3) the opportunity to extend the re-franchising program will provide a floor on the stock.”

    Wendy’s shares were up 7 cents, or 0.81%, during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 57.01% year-to-date.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.

30 Stocks Moving In Friday's Mid-Day Session

ShiftPixy Inc (NASDAQ: PIXY) shares climbed 97 percent to $4.27 following Q4 earnings report. ShiftPixy reported sales of $20.244 million in the fourth quarter, up from $8.46 million year-over-year. The company sees first quarter gross billings of $40 million.
Longfin Corp (NASDAQ: LFIN) shares climbed 56.8 percent to $8.45 after the company announced agreement to acquire Ziddu.com.
Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) shares rose 22.59 percent to $5.97 after falling 7.06 percent on Thursday.
Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares climbed 14.51 percent to $28.605 after gaining 8.47 percent on Thursday.
Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) shares gained 14.2 percent to $136.00.
Educational Development Corporation (NASDAQ: EDUC) shares rose 13.1 percent to $16.00 after the company reported Q3 and year-to-date revenue.
Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) climbed 12.4 percent to $12.30. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Crocs from Hold to Buy.
TiGenix NV (NASDAQ: TIG) gained 12.4 percent to $24.36. Takeda and TiGenix disclosed that Cx601 has received a positive CHMP opinion for treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease. Mesoblast has granted Tigenix exclusive global patent license to use adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells in local treatment of fistulae.
Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) jumped 10.8 percent to $6.0206 after falling 4.57 percent on Thursday.
Professional Diversity Network Inc (NASDAQ: IPDN) shares rose 10 percent to $4.10.
Under Armour Inc (NYSE: UAA) shares jumped 9 percent to $15.06. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Under Armour from Hold to Buy.
FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) shares gained 8.8 percent to $16.21.
DDR Corp (NYSE: DDR) climbed 8.8 percent to $8.66 after announcing the the creation of a retail value trust, which will be spun off with approximately $3 billion of Gross Book Value of assets and business. The company will complete the portfolio transformation while maintaining scale and balance sheet strength and that the strategy will realize private market asset values.
Galapagos NV (ADR) (NASDAQ: GLPG) shares gained 7.4 percent to $90.71 after the company reported that it has exercised co-promotion option for filgotinib with collaboration partner Gilead Sciences in eight European countries.
Hess Corp. (NYSE: HES) climbed 4.7 percent to $44.42 after a WSJ report says that activist investor Elliott seeks to replace John Hess as CEO or get him to consider a sale. The activist investor also seeks a dividend cut and more buybacks.
U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) gained 4.6 percent to $5.915 after climbing 7.82 percent on Thursday.
RumbleON Inc (NASDAQ: RMBL) shares gained 3.1 percent to $5.4594 after announcing a strategic partnership with Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE: SAH).

Losers
TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) shares dipped 43.1 percent to $0.2449. Trovagene priced its 15 million share common stock offering at $0.30 per share.
One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares dipped 21.1 percent to $2.4299 after surging 185.16 percent on Thursday.
Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares dropped 15.6 percent to $0.53 after the company agreed to be acquired by Genoptix for $10 million.
Verastem Inc (NASDAQ: VSTM) shares declined 12.1 percent to $3.21 after announcing public offering of common stock.
Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped 10 percent to $8.6401. Barclays initiated coverage on Frontier Communications with an Underweight rating and a $7.00 price target.
Fitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT) shares dropped 7.7 percent to $6.2950. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Fitbit from Hold to Sell.
CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) dipped 7.7 percent to $52.88 following announcement that the CEO Hunter Harrison had taken medical leave.
Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) shares declined 5.6 percent to $47.37. Oracle posted upbeat earnings for its second quarter, but revenue from its cloud-based business missed analysts' estimates.
SG Blocks Inc (NASDAQ: SGBX) shares slipped 5.5 percent to $5.20.
Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: GBT) fell 5.3 percent to $37.30. Global Blood Therapeutics reported a $100 million common stock offering.
bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ: BEBE) shares fell 5.1 percent to $4.10.
Yield10 Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: YTEN) shares dropped 5 percent to $3.45 after dropping 17.153 percent on Thursday.
The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHEF) slipped 2.7 percent to $19.50 after the company reported commencement of public offering of common stock.